Newcastle face Liverpool competition for Twente striker De Jong

Newcastle United are closing in on FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong.

Reports in Portugal yesterday suggested that Benfica had backed out of the race to sign De Jong as a proposed fee of close to £10million is too rich for even one of Portugal’s biggest clubs.

And that does make Newcastle even clearer favourites to land the 21-year-old.

AD Sportwereld says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is still on the trail of De Jong.

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