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Premier League big guns ready to battle for De Jong

Twente star Luuk De Jong could be on the move this summer according to the Mirror with at least five Premier League clubs vying for his signature.

The Holland striker has shot to prominence this season after scoring 32 goals for The Tukkers who are managed by former England boss Steve McClaren.

His red hot form in front in front of goal has alerted a clutch of English clubs to the 6ft 2ins tall hit man and they’ll will hope to get a closer look at the  during Euro 2012.

Everton boss David Moyes and Newcastle chief Alan Pardew along with scouts from Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea have watched the 21-year-old at various point during the campaign.

FC Twente president Joop Munsterman admits he wants to keep the player at the De Grolsch Veste and will drive a hard bargain should  any offers be forthcoming.

“We want to keep Luuk” he said. “He is a vital player if we want to win the championship again next season and when we play in ­Europe.

“We have said that we won’t go lower than £12.5m as a ­transfer fee. We need a top price for a top player.’’

McClaren is also keen to see the striker remain with the Eredivisie side beyond this season but acknowledges his physical qualities and style of play are more suited to the Premier League.

“Luuk is an ‘English style’ striker, made for English football. I am just ­desperate to keep him one more year in Holland. But I ­realise that will be difficult.

“Luuk is big, strong, brilliant in the air and scores goals so easily. He has every quality a top class striker needs to have for a big club.”

It’s rumoured that De Jong is keen to make the switch to England after Twente missed out on Champions League qualification making Man Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham or Newcastle a likely destination.

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