Newcastle United are ready to turn their attention to FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos in January, the striker has been previously dubbed the Dutch Thierry Henry.
According to reports in the Newcastle Chronicle, scouts in the North East are monitoring the FC Twente striker who has scored five goals so far this season.
The 22-year-old Netherlands all-time record goalscorer at U17 level and previously moved to Italian giants Inter Milan in 2011 but failed to settle in Italy moving back to the Netherlands in 2012.
Back in 2011, Castaignos admitted that his playing style had been compared to the former Arsenal legend.
“Am I like Henry? Lots of people have said this but I am Castaignos and he is Henry”
Summer recruit Emmanual Riviere has so far failed to score in 7 appearances for the Magpies as the french striker adjusts to the rigors of Premier League football while Pappis Cisse is set to join Senegal in January as they compete in the African Nations Cup.
Swansea City were linked with a move for Castaignos in the summer and it had been speculated that a £6.5m deal had been agreed but it failed to materialize and Newcastle will now look to recruit the pacey striker.
The striker was involved in a transfer scandal with Tottenham last January. The 22-year-old was offered to Tottenham but FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman’s signature was found to be forged.
An FC Twente spokesperson released the following statement in January.
“The club were informed about the situation by a contact in England. It is correct that the signature of the club chairman was forged and the matter is now in the hands of the Dutch federation and Fifa.”
Newcastle however are now set to bid for the 22-year-old in January and if he can live up to his Henry comparisons, the Dutch striker could be just what Alan Pardew’s side need.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.