In November last year, The Chronicle revealed that Newcastle United had been taking a serious look at Dutch dynamo Denzel Dumfires.
Lee Ryder’s report read; ‘Dumfries, of PSV Eindhoven, was scouted by Newcastle before lockdown and with the club’s recruitment team now keeping tabs on players from a video hub at St James’ Park due to the pandemic, his showing against Spain could be added to the vault.’
He claimed that the 25-year-old was valued at £13.5m and considered a player who could end our long-term search for a natural right wing-back, but his displays on the world stage at Euro 2020 may have all but ended our hopes of bringing him to St James’ Park.
The PSV powerhouse has been the driving force behind Holland’s group stage wins over Ukraine and Austria, bagging two goals, winning a penalty and helping them to a clean sheet in their most recent game.
He’s looked a player made for the Premier League and the 5-3-2 formation Bruce has often opted for, possessing an impressive engine and turn of pace given his 6ft 2′ frame.
However, with him being one of the standout performers of Euro 2020, his price tag looks set to rocket and new admirers will already be circling – Everton and Inter Milan are now being tipped to make big money moves, for example.
If new reports in the Netherlands are to be believed, he’s ‘playing himself into the spotlight’ and has left PSV believing they’ll be able to demand as much as €35m for his signature!
Like Czech goal-machine Patrik Schick – a player we could’ve signed for just over £20m last year – it looks like Dumfries is another nearly moment we may live to regret.