Former Newcastle United flop 'offered' to Barcelona, also wanted by West Ham

Former Newcastle United flop Luuk De Jong has been offered to Barcelona, reports in Spain claim.

By Jordan Cronin
Monday, 23rd August 2021, 4:45 pm
Former Newcastle United loanee Luuk de Jong. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

De Jong, once a long-term target for the Magpies’ recruitment team, struggled enormously during his half-season loan during the 2013/14 campaign.

In 12 appearances, he failed to find the net for Alan Pardew’s side and subsequently returned to Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.

From there, he was sold to PSV, where a move back to his homeland proved to be a turning point in his career.

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His 112 goals across five years in Eindhoven earned him a switch to Europa League specialists Sevilla in 2019.

Indeed, De Jong played his part in the La Liga side warranting that tag after scoring twice in their final win over Inter Milan.

Despite the 30-year-old still holding a fairly low goal record of 19 in 94 outings in Spain, a move to giants Barcelona has been mooted.

According to Catalan newspaper SPORT, De Jong is being discussed by Barca, who remain in a dire financial situation.

De Jong has been told by boss Julen Lopetegui he can leave following the arrival of Rafa Mir from Wolverhamptn Wanderers earlier this summer.

Manager Ronald Koeman has previously worked with De Jong at international level with the Netherlands.

West Ham United and PSV have also been linked with the Dutchman.

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