Newcastle have earmarked Luuk De Jong as their insurance should they lose Demba Ba this summer. The Daily Mirror have reported that the Tyneside club have been watching the Dutch youngster for two years and are now thinking about an offer. They are expecting to lose Ba for £7 million, with Tottenham being the favourites to sign the Senegalese striker and believe that De Jong will be available for the same amount.
FC Twente won’t be too keen on selling the highly rated attacker after he netted 32 goals in 50 games for the Eredevisie side last season, although manager Steve McClaren has admitted it will be hard to keep him. The Dutch international has played seven games for his country, scoring once.
Newcastle United striker Demba Ba’s much talked about release clause comes into effect on Thursday, with both Chelsea and Tottenham ready to pounce.
The Daily Mirror report that the release clause, thought to be in the region of £7million will only be active for two months, given the 27-year-old his own transfer window essentially and this has alerted Chelsea and Tottenham who will jump at the chance to sign Ba for as little as £7million.
The striker scored 16 goals for Newcastle last season as they qualified for the Europa League but its thought that the release clause was essential in securing Ba’s signature.
According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United’s sensational striker Papiss Cisse is wanted by both Man Utd and Man City as Alan Pardew desperately tries to hold on to his prize asset.
Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 games since joining from Freiburg in January and has rightly attracted the interest from the two Manchester clubs who could be preparing a summer bid for the Senegal captain and this will not be the last time the rivals go head to head for a player this summer.
Pardew’s Newcastle came 5th and sacrificed Champions League qualification which could see top players like Cisse leave, though any bid would have to be greater than the £9million Newcastle paid for him.