According to reports from the Chronicle (Live Feed 7 August, 15:11), Newcastle United and Southampton are involved in a battle to sign Dutch striker Luc Castaignos.
Castaignos burst onto the scene for the Netherlands under-17 side at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2009 and his performances in the competition earned him attention from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
Despite the widespread interest in his services, Castaignos continued his development at Feyenoord, and having further impressed for the Dutch Eredivisie side’s first-team the striker managed to earn a move to Italian giants Inter Milan in 2011.
However, Castaignos endured a torrid time at the San Siro due to loss of form as well as disciplinary reasons and he eventually moved back to the Netherlands with FC Twente just a year later.
The 23-year-old did well with Twente in his three years with the club but he has struggled once again following a move to Germany with Frankfurt last season.
It is now widely believed that Frankfurt are looking to dispense with the services of Castaignos this summer and now according to the Chronicle English duo Newcastle and Southampton are currently battling it out to secure the services of the former Netherlands under-21 international.
Newcastle have spent big to sign Dwight Gayle this summer but manager Rafael Benitez is believed to be in the market to recruit another striker (The Chronicle) and now Castaignos has been mentioned as a target for the Magpies.
As for Southampton, they are currently looking to replace the departed Graziano Pelle and Castaignos could well prove to be a good addition to Claude Puel’s side.