Toon cool on De Jong
Newcastle ready to focus on other targets
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: July 3, 2012 9:09am
Luuk de Jong: No Newcastle deal
Sky Sports understands that Newcastle United have cooled their interest in Luuk de Jong and are now looking at other targets.
The Magpies sent a delegation led by managing director Derek Llambias to Holland last weekend.
They made a firm offer of €12million (£9.6m) and, as is the policy under owner Mike Ashley, the whole fee would be paid up-front - which is almost unheard of in football.
Despite the appeal of a full payment, FC Twente have stood firm over their valuation of De Jong - which is believed to be in excess of €15million.
German side Borussia Monchengladbach also remain keen, but they too are baulking at Twente's demands and manager Steve McClaren looks set to get his wish of keeping the player for at least another season.
Sky Sports understands that Newcastle have now already switched their attention to other targets.
Newcastle also held talks about Twente defender Douglas at the weekend, but he has to remain in Holland until August 24th to qualify for his passport - so there is no rush to push that move through.