Newcastle’s ongoing saga over FC Twente’s Dutch international striker Luuk de Jong shows no signs of ending as The Magpies are quoted £16m for the hitman.
Alan Pardew is looking to capitalise on a larger transfer kitty having qualified for the Europa League, and Twente’s De Jong appears to be one of the names at the top of his wishlist – though they are targeting a double swoop on Steve McClaren’s side, as Brazilian centre back Douglas is also a name to watch.
Unfortunately for the former West Ham and Charlton boss, Twente are standing firm and have turned down all bids so far. Their £10m bid has been thrown out whilst they have also said that £12m wouldn’t get him. They have however said that £16m would be enough to prise de Jong away from Twente – but should Pardew pay it?
He has lost Leon Best to Blackburn this summer but that’s not a huge loss, though he was valuable backup. There has been plenty of speculation linking Demba Ba with a move to Turkey which has so far not materialised, but adding De Jong would only really make sense if Ba leaves. Ba was reportedly unhappy at being shoved out to the wing as Papiss Cisse was the spearhead of the Newcastle attack, prompting rumours of a swift exit from the Sports Direct Arena.
Whilst Ba remains a Newcastle player though, spending £16m on De Jong seems excessive. I understand why they are making the move though, because Borussia Monchengladbach are very, very interested in him and it could well be that Newcastle end up without Ba or De Jong this summer.