Newcastle weighing up bid for Eredivisie duo

Newcastle are readying a double bid for Twente stars Douglas and Luuk de Jong, according to The Daily Mail.

The Tyneside club are looking to bolster their squad after a fifth-placed Premier League finish in 2011-12, and have already signed Romain Amalfitano this summer.

After the success of Cheik Tiote, who joined the club from Twente, Alan Pardew will revisit the Eredivisie side and try to steal their two star players once more.

Douglas is a no-nonsense central defender and the Geordies are thought to be closing in on a £7 million deal to strengthen their rearguard.

De Jong meanwhile is a talented attacker, who made the Netherlands international squad for Euro 2012 but was not used by Bert van Marwijk.

The skilful forward is being monitored by a host of leading European clubs, and is expected to leave the Enschede-based team this summer for a bigger outfit and a new challenge.

That said, the transfer fee for Twente to sell their main man will be pushed up given the amount of interest, with at least £10 million thought to be needed to convince the side to sell.

By Gareth McKnight

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