Saturday, 30th June, 2012

FC Twente coach Steve McClaren has explained that the Tukkers are not under any financial pressure to sell striker Luuk de Jong or defender Douglas.

The duo are coveted by English Premier League outfit Newcastle United, who have sent representatives to Holland to negotiate their transfers to St. James’ Park.

However McClaren, who has already seen Twente reject one official offer for De Jong from the Magpies, and yesterday told Alan Pardew’s men that only "stupid money" could help them sign the 21-year-old forward, has again struck an intransigent note.

Indeed, the former Wolfsburg coach is adamant that Twente do not need to cash in on either Douglas or De Jong.

"We have complete control. Nobody has to leave. Only an absurd bid could take Luuk away", McClaren told De Telegraaf, while also admitting "every player has a price".

But finances will not dictate a sale.

"We needed to sell a player to balance the books. The transfer of Ola John to Benfica means we break even, so the pressure is off."

McClaren has very positive words for Douglas too, the Brazilian defender also wanted by Newcastle.

"If Douglas is fit, he is the best defender in Holland. I don’t want to lose him and neither do the team."

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