Factfile on £6m reported Newcastle United target Luc Castaignos

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With Newcastle United reportedly lining up a January bid for FC Twente striker Luc Castaignos, we bring you five facts on the Premier League target.

Yet to pick up a win in the Premier League this season, Newcastle United are reportedly set to take steps to solve the goalscoring problem that has seen them draw a blank in four of their first seven domestic outings this term.

A 22-year-old striker currently plying his trade in Holland with FC Twente, Luc Castaignos has emerged as a surprise January transfer target for the Magpies – but what do we actually know about him? Read on for five facts surrounding the man who is valued at around £6 million according to Transfermarkt and could be the one to save the Toon this term.

Luc Castaignos exploded onto the scene at the 2009 Under-17 European Championships where he played a starring role in the Holland team that made it all the way to the final, scoring in a 2-1 defeat to Germany.

The 22-year-old was the joint top scorer at the competition and named in a team of the tournament that also featured future stars like Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Stefan de Vrij, Stephen El Shaarawy, Jack Wilshere and Mario Gotze.

Over the next two years the Feyenoord youth academy product found himself playing more and more for the Rotterdam club’s first-team. The 2010-11 campaign was a particular highlight with the Dutch youngster racking up 15 goals in 34 appearances despite being just 18 at the start of the season.

 

Castaignos went on to spend a single troubled season in Italy with Inter Milan, after joining the Nerazzurri for €3 million from Feyenoord at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.

He managed just one goal in six Serie A games for the club with his most notable and notorious contribution coming during a 3-0 loss to Bologna in February 2012 during which the striker was involved in an incident that saw him spit on opponent Andrea Raggi late in the game.

Officials later reviewed the footage and Castaignos was given a three-game ban. He was also subsequently demoted to Inter’s reserve team.

 

After just one year in Italy, those behind the scenes at Inter Milan decided Castaignos had no future at the club and put the player up for sale – something that angered the 22-year-old who wasted no time in hitting back at the club in an interview with Sky Italia.

"I came to Italy to wear the Nerazzurri colours and not play for any other club. Now I must go and Inter will help me find a club," he said. "I am saddened, I cannot deny it, I am disappointed not to have shown my worth, but this is football.

"It's a decision taken by the club and by me. Now I want to join a big club."

Liverpool actually came close to signing Castaignos on loan in January 2012, with then-Reds manager Kenny Dalgish identifying the young striker as the ideal man to provide cover for the Merseysiders current first choice forwards.

However, it is thought that the club’s desire to make the move a temporary one, rather than permanent, put Inter off doing a deal.

Liverpool were not the only Premier League club linked with a January swoop at the time either, amid reports claiming both Tottenham and Everton were tracking the Dutchman.

 

Twente ultimately opted to sign the Inter striker, paying the Italian club €6 million to bring the youngster back to the Eredivisie as a direct replacement for outgoing striker Luuk De Jong, who moved to Borussia Monchengladbach and spent the latter half of last season on loan at Newcastle.

Signed by then Twente manager Steve McClaren, the current Derby County boss was full of praise for the young forward at the time.

Speaking to Voetbal International, McClaren said: "The important thing is that we have a goalscorer, and that is what Castaignos is. It says something that the boy could score 15 goals in his first season at Feyenoord.

"In recent months we were trying to build a team around De Jong, but the players we've attracted will be very good alongside Castaignos."

Since arriving at the club in 2012, Castaignos has scored 32 goals in 72 games in the Dutch top-flight.

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