It would seem that Newcastle have sent a delegation over to the Netherlands with the aim of sealing a deal for FC Twente pair Luuk de Jong and Douglas.
And if you believe what the Mirror has to say on the matter it would also appear that NUFC have been quoted a price of £16m for the pair, which I think isn’t a bad deal.
Of course it’s easy for me to say that as it isn’t my money, but these are two players we’ve supposedly been looking at for a while and it would help sort out two positions for us that need strengthening in terms of attack and defence.
However FC Twente boss Steve McClaren insists that it would take a “silly money” offer for his star striker to move clubs this summer.
“Every player has his price. Luuk de Jong is a fantastic forward, but he is only 21 years old and it would be better that he has one more season in Holland before he moves to the Premier League,” said McClaren.
“We have already sold a forward to balance the books. There is no financial pressure for us to sell.”
Unfortunately McClaren said much the same thing before Edin Dzeko left Wolfsburg for Manchester City which kind of shows how much sway a manager has. Sure he may want to keep de Jong, but money talks in the boardroom and at the moment we have our representatives in their boardroom. Allegedly…
More speculation or signs of action? Who knows, time will tell all I guess, but for now we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with regard to the whole de Jong/Douglas situation although it’s well worth pointing out that the transfer window is now officially open!
What do you make of it all?
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