Rumour Mill: Newcastle and Liverpool keen on Dutch striker

06 November 2011 01:50
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle have ramped up their interest in £10million-rated Holland star Luuk de Jong, while Liverpool are also expressing an interest.

From the paper:

According to reports in Holland, Newcastle, who are third in the Barclays Premier League win following Saturday's 2-1 victory over Everton, have watched the 21-year-old FC Twente striker on a number of occasions this season.

De Jong is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the Erdevisie and has also attracted interest from Liverpool.

Toon owner Mike Ashley is keen to avoid last summer's disappointing transfer window in which they failed to land a long-term replacement for Andy Carroll who left for Liverpool in a £35m deal in January.

And De Jong, who has recently broken into the Dutch national side, has been earmarked among the club's top targets when the window re-opens.

De Jong has scored nine goals in 15 appearances for FC Twente this season, and broke his international duck after finding the back of the net in Holland's 2-0 win over Finland in September.

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