Newcastle offered hope over De Jong

Twente striker Luuk de Jong could still sign for Newcastle United this summer according to his agent according to the Newcastle Journal.

The 21-year-old Holland international has been a long-term target for Magpies boss Alan Pardew who saw an £8 million bid knocked back earlier this week.

Reports are claiming that the Eredivise side, managed by former England boss Steve McClaren, want £12.5m for De Jong with several other European clubs monitoring his situation.

The strikers agent Louis Laros claims the striker has already rejected offers from elsewhere but suggested that his client didn’t shun the advances from Newcastle.

“I can only confirm that there has been interest from Newcastle in Luuk,” Laros said.

“I know that Newcastle are following him, that is no secret, but a club must first agree a fee with FC Twente and so far this has not happened. I really don’t know what will happen next.

“It is not up to us at this moment, it is up to those clubs to show an interest and agree a financial deal with Twente.

“They are not the only club that has shown an interest, there has been a lot of clubs from all over Europe. More than five or six – but that is normal for a player who has scored 25 goals in the Eredivisie and is in the national side.

“It has got to be the right club for Luuk, and a club that Luuk likes. He has already rejected several clubs who are interested because they are not the right move. I can confirm that Newcastle are not one of the clubs that he has rejected.

“He would be the perfect fit for the Premier League. He is only young and there is no doubt about his quality – no-one is debating that.

“Now the most important thing is to find the right club for Luuk, which is what we will do.”