Newcastle in for Luuk de Jong

[one_fourth last=”no”]File:Newcastle United Logo.svg[/one_fourth]Sky Sports News in England is suggesting that Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Dutch striker Luuk de Jong could be set to join Newcastle United on loan in the January transfer window. Since joining Gladbach in the summer of 2012 for a fee of €15m, de Jong has failed to make the same impact in the Bundesliga as he did in the Eredivisie.

In a 3 year spell with FC Twente in Holland, de Jong averaged a goal every other league game and his fine form saw him called up to the Dutch national team under Bert van Marwijk, he has gone on to grab 7 senior caps and 3 goals for the Oranje.

Borussia Mönchengladbach manager Lucien Favre has only utilised de Jong from the substitutes bench this season, and he has made 13 appearances in the Bundesliga this season, all coming from the bench and clocking up just 85 minutes of playing time. He has failed to score so far this season and his frustration at the club has been evident in recent weeks.

“I can imagine going,” said De Jong, when asked if would like move to Newcastle. “My coach will change things in the second half [of the season] but not that much. I want to play longer than three to five minutes. It’s no fun. The coach does not give me the feeling that if he continues he will build firmly around me. He does not talk much with me. It was a first half [of the season] to forget.”

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Magpies manager Alan Pardew recently stated his desire to sign an out-and-out striker during the January transfer window and Sky Sports News is suggesting that Newcastle have already entered talks with Gladbach. The German outfit will seek a loan fee in the region of €1-2m but that shouldn’t be a problem for the Tynesiders.

The 23-year-old would be keen on a move to St James Park and he is desperate for some first team action as he feels his place in Netherlands squad for the upcoming World Cup Finals in Brazil is under threat.

 

 

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