Newcastle United are to turn their attention to PSV Eindhoven striker Ola Toivonen as they struggle to meet FC Twente's valuation for 21-year-old Luuk De Jong. Dutch based football website Voetbal International claims The Magpies are in talks with the the 25-year-old who scored 18 goals in 33 league appearances last season. He has been capped 26 times for Sweden and since joining PSV Eindhoven in 2009 has struck 66 times in 154 appearances. He stands at 6foot 2inches tall and has caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Sunderland. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew reportedly first watched Toivonen last August when they were previously in the market for the striker. They decided never to make a bid for the player but with Luuk De Jong's price hitting a glass ceiling that Mike Ashley doesn't want to break, Toivonen looks to be the alternative. Newcastle made two offers for Luuk De Jong last week, the last being £10 million. Twente are looking for somewhere between £12-14 million for the striker who is still years away from his peak and that might prove to be too much for United. Toivonen reportedly has an £8 million transfer release clause with The Journal reporting that PSV might even accept £5 million for the striker as they are undergoing a bit of a financial crisis. Toivonen turns 26 next Tuesday said recently;
If PSV want to earn some money by selling me, then now is the time to sell me. If I am not sold, then the chances are that I will not be leaving for the next two years.If something interesting comes along, I will look into it. There are rumours, but I have learned to live with them. I dont know which clubs are really interested.