Feyenoord manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has confirmed our interest in Nicolai Jorgensen – admitting that things can move ‘fast’ when an ‘English club’ are interested, even if there is no deal in place at present to his knowledge.
It was confirmed yesterday that we’ve had an initial £14m offer rejected, with it being accepted that we will have the break our current transfer record to sign the man the £20m-rated striker.
Here’s what the Feyenoord boss told RTV Rijnmond last night following their 1-1 draw with FC Utrecht (Jorgensen didn’t play but he was suspended):
“I know there is interest, but I have not heard from Martin (Van Geel) that there are negotiations.
“I have not heard anything from Martin van Geel (technical director) yet. There may be something in play, but I have not heard anything yet.”
“Anything can happen in the transfer market, and if an English club is interested then you know it can go fast.”
A VERY interesting response from Van Bronckhorst, who does little to suggest that Feyenoord will stand in his way.
He appears to be unsure on the current stance of Jorgensen’s potential move to St James’ Park, but the last line is significant, suggesting to me that the deal could be concluded quickly if we were to offer something close to their alleged £20m asking price.
We’re going to have to up our initial £14m offer if we’re going to be successful, but I’m quite confident that we’ll get this deal done if we offer anything close to the £20m mark. Especially after this interview from their manager too. They hardly seem ready to play hardball.
Time will tell, although I wouldn’t bank on us moving ‘fast’ like Van Bronckhorst fears. Lee Charnley doesn’t tend to do things quickly!