Newcastle United’s Midas touch in the transfer market and the increased revenue flooding into the Premier League are now impacting on transfer deals, with clubs now seemingly refusing any initial bid from St. James’ Park.
In the past week or so, Newcastle have made bids of £8 million for FC Twente’s Luuk de Jong and £4 million for Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy. Both have been refused in the first instance.
Earlier today Ian Dovaston a reporter with Sky Sports News (@skydovaston) tweeted:
“Looking like #NUFC will have to raise their bid to £10 million to land Dutch striker Luuk do Jong from FC Twente, I’m told.”
Such wranglings are hardly new with clubs (or is it agents?) holding out for double the offers made, and the players’ quips adding some flavour to the rumours. With 25 goals in 33 league games last season, it is no surprise that Tottenham, Benfica, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United are interested in the striking talents of Luuk de Jong.
Earlier today, there were reports in the Dutch media that Steve McClaren wants to keep de Jonh for another season at the club and so the Dutch outfit will try to price NUFC out of the deal by demanding €18 million. Newcastle are only keen on going up to €12 million and will turn their attention to Manchester City’s John Guidetti instead.
What is perhaps surprising is that there apparently have been no other rival concrete offers for these two players, nor indeed Vurnon Anita. Certainly Newcastle have proved to be very adept in the transfer market, but they are by no means a feeder club to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United nor Manchester City.
The reality is that despite the apparent jockeying for Demba Ba – including a Turkish team – none of the Newcastle star players have left. In fact Newcastle’s star performer at Euro 2012, Yohan Cabaye seems to be playing the “friends re-united role” to bring Debuchy to Tyneside.
The price of a player does not necessarily equate with his value, Chief Scout Graham Carr has emphasised that Newcastle consider players on the basis of the experience, potential and re-sale value. Clearly this makes good business sense.
Every player has his price and at this time only Newcastle seem ready to step up to the mark.