It compares favourably with the price we paid for Cisse last year, but the question is whether the club will stump up the cash given the bargains seemingly available just over the Channel.
Articles by Paul Benneworth
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However, with Newcastle tabling an offer reportedly above ten million, this meant that all three of these ‘agents’ were entitled to millions of pounds in fees, leaving FC Twente facing a very low final transfer fee, as well as less than a week to find a replacement for one of their first team regulars.
Douglas must be the number one candidate for a fire sale given that they have now got three starting centre-backs, of them Wisgerhof is too old to really sell for serious money, while Bjaelland has just arrived.
He could easily fill Simpson’s boots at right back, though we would have to cross our fingers and hope that we got Van der Wiel the conqueror of 2010 and not the rap fan on the treatment table.
Ultimately, the biggest stumbling block will be the price that FC Twente are prepared to accept and NUFC to offer.
A graduate of the Ajax Academy, he could help NUFC in developing a possession based approach to help them compete with the likes of Man City and Man United.
Luuk De Jong mixes the strength and retention of the old-fashioned number 9 with the fitness and running game that is the hallmark of Dutch Total Football.
At the right price & right wages, he might be a sensible buy for Newcastle. If he can perform in England then he’ll definitely have resale value, particularly playing for the Netherlands in the 2014 World Cup qualifying & finals.
Douglas is clearly a talented young player with the skills and dedication to step up to a higher level of European football. But signing him may prove to be too risky for an NUFC side looking to step up a gear.