Luuk De Jong linked again

Could this striker arrive on loan?
Could this striker arrive on loan?
The papers have today linked Newcastle with a January move for long term target Luuk De Jong. United fans will remember the Club’s pursuit of the 23 year old striker before the player opted to sign for Borussia Monchengladbach last year.

It is well documented that Newcastle are in dire need of additional firepower with Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and a misfiring Papiss Cisse the only senior strikers on the books. Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran have both played through the middle this season but it is glaringly obvious that Newcastle need another goalscorer on their payroll.

It is being reported that the Dutch international could be allowed to leave his parent club for a loan spell in January. It seems Newcastle are still interested in taking the player to Tyneside, even if it’s only on a temporary basis. Borussia board member Hans Meyer spoke of the possibility of the player’s departure:

“We will possibly loan Luuk at Christmas but definitely not to a competitor.

“Our head coach Lucien Favre has said from the start he didn’t have 100% confidence in De Jong filling the striker position but I think we’ll find a solution.”



The striker has responded to the speculation surrounding his future claiming he is happy where he is, but hinted he could benefit from a short term move. Here’s what De Jong said in an interview:

“I want to play for Borussia, that’s my goal. If the team needs me, I’m ready. I want to play from the first minute onwards.”

Luuk has failed to start a game this season for Bourussia therefore he has been unable to justify his massive £12 million price tag. It could be good business for all parties if the former FC Twente man was allowed to make the short term move. Like with Remy, Newcastle did have a bid lodged for the player when he was at Twente but the player rejected a move to The Premiership at the time.

De Jong’s goal scoring ratio in Holland caught the eye when he a netted a very respectable 39 goals in 76 appearances. The 23 year old is also credited with 3 goals in 7 games for the full Dutch side. However the striker has only managed 6 goals in 23 appearances since arriving in The Bundesliga.

Newcastle are screaming out for another front man, would you be happy to take De Jong on loan? Or should we be looking for a permanent deal? With Remy’s future far from resolved do we need a little more security?

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103 thoughts on “Luuk De Jong linked again

  1. MM never felt at ease with FF in goal,dont know why,would not surprise me if we got another football lesson from Germany on tues,i would not rubbish Bains but give credit the striker he is what i call a top player he graffed for the team all game and was a right pain in the arse for England,two chances two goals a treat to watch him

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  2. Forster has had his one and only cap.
    Joe Hart will be back in goal for the Germany game.
    Forster has never played for England at ANY level prior to last night.
    He did nowt wrong really, but I doubt he will get another chance for a while

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  3. BB
    Aye, I think he will rotate the team anyway, maybe Ruddy will get a game? I think the reason they looked at Forster was because of how many mistakes Hart has made and how it would be unfair to play him when he has been dropped from his own club, not so much because Forster is brilliant although he is a decent keeper. As for Lellana and Rodriquez though, I think that might have been their chance gone and it’s back to the old guard who are now well past it and the Walcotts and Rooneys (who’s never done much for England)

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  4. As for Luuk De Jong, I don’t really know much about the player but it seems like he has struggled to get a game this season in Germany, (where Cisse was consistently a top scorer) so I don’t know if he could handle the step up to the premier league. I will take Munich Mags word for it and ‘stay well clear’. The club probably are to be honest as this is just the press putting 2+2 together and getting 40.

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  5. DJG – I thought Lallana was tidy enough, but stand out the way Townsend does when he plays. I think Rodrigez did nowt won’t force Welbeck or Lambert out the squad and IMO Forster should have done better for those goals.
    It was a truely rubbish game and there’s nowt that I’ve seen, either last night of through qualifiers that excited me or made me think we may scrap through afew games before getting knocked out the WC.

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  6. SHARPY17
    Yeah, it’s a strange one the loan market. We could get Remy for a season and he could be a proven premier league goalscorer and then QPR get him back or someone else buys him and we have taken the chance. On the other hand we could have got someone like De Jong on loan, who turned out to be not good enough and then we can send them back after one season. In the case of Cisse we are stuck with a £10million forward who we either stick with or lose money on.

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  7. DJG – the thing with De Jong is that Dorussia paid £12m on him only 18 month ago, so if he came to us and did well they’d want at least that back – I don’t see Ashley spending that on a player based on a 6mth loan spell.

    Shola is out of contract in the summer as well, and I’d be amazed if Ashley offers a 32 yr old another contract. That would leave Cisse as our only senior CF (I know we have Goof, but he hasn’t really used him as a CF and don’t think choose to unless needed).
    So for me he needs to spend money on CFs. Gomis would be the obvious one, and a good replacement for Shola IMO. Shane Long has proven he can do a good job in the PL, and Finnbogasons goal scoring record is outstanding.
    All 3 of those come be bought for around £10m I’d have thought.
    Personally, I’d keep Cisse for now until his form form pick up a bit. Unless we get a half decent offer for him.

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  8. DJG – I just don’t see the point in us loaning players like De Jong or Zaha – that we won’t sign permanently.
    But if we loaned someone like Guidetti or Boyata from Man City, who I think would be more in our price range, and more likely to sign full time, then I’d have no problem with those loan deals.

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  9. Agree Sharpy I get the feelings the Germans will take it easy on us and it will be a closer result than the two teams would suggest. But we will get dumped out of the WC and embarrassed. On the plus side surely Lampard will finally fuck off out of the England side.

    Apparently Hodgson thought he was experimenting by playing people like Adam the Llama. It’s a fucking friendly for christ sake, the younguns are the ones who should be playing at every friendly. We’ve played lampard for over a decade and we know his limited capabilities well enough. Barkley should be starting even if he doesn’t for Everton. All our managers crumble and play the “icons” in important matches but every friendly as well takes the piss.

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  10. Munich,

    You are right, most clubs would do that sell on but Newcastle deemed Wayne Routledge not a Premiership player and never ever played Forster. I’d be surprised if Newcastle didn’t pay Celtic to take him. Strange things tend to happen with Newcastle transfers, lol.

    Forster did nothing wrong last night, his defenders let him down but he’s the new guy and he isn’t a pretty boy so he will cop it from those who want sponsorship deals and image rights for the national team.

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  11. Newkie – the problem is that the FA charge so much for the tickets and it cost a small fortune to travel to and stay in London. I can’t say I’d be chuffed forking out a couple of hundred quid to gan watch a bunch of players who really shouldn’t be getting an England cap IMO.
    I think the friendlies should be played around the Country to make it easier for people to see an international game. The competitive games at Wembley, fair enough, but friendlies could be played at SJP, Old Trafford, Villa Park and grounds like that to allow young kids to experience England games without it skinting they parents.
    I don’t mind Lampard so much mate coz as old as he is, he still offers something to the team. It’s players like Smalling, Jones and Milner that I don’t understand getting in.

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  12. Like people have said, I think we could do with a ‘battering ram’ (target man) type striker like Gomis, to give us another option up front. Especially with Shola in his last season. We are a team that plays well with a CF leading the line and then others feeding off scraps. Carroll was the best at that.

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  13. Yeah I liked Carroll but boy has he gone off the boil, so many injuries, West Ham must be so regretting that big outlay now.

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  14. Dave , Shola is a permanent fixture at Toon like an old piece of furniture and I reckon he’d stay even if it was just a pay as you play deal tbh.

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  15. Sharpy-it would be nice for England games to be played in other areas of England, but it’ll never happen unless they build new new wembley and need a few years to make it i’m afraid.

    And not just those players you mention, cleverly too, he’s feckin terrible! If you play for Manchester United then you can play for England, tis as simple as that.

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  16. Kim – aye I thought so too. Like I say, there might be nowt in it, but you’d think if Pard wanted to keep him it would be one of the easier ones to sort out. The thing is though, even pay as you play would take up a squad place.
    If he does go tho that’s another Englishman out the squad so I’d think maybe Long, Ince or Ings may be on the list to replace him.

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  17. Newkie – I agree. A sub last night where Cleverley and Henderson came on at the same time and I thought – feck me is that the future of England?! 😯 🙁

    I understand they have built the new Wembley and want the England games there but there’s not a hope in hell I would travel from the North East to watch an England game like. There was big sections of the stadium empty last night as well, so clearly I’m not the only one.

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  18. Sharpy ,Yeah you could be right on the British players thing, one out one in so to speak. I still have a problem believing we’ll sign anyone tbh, if the summer was anything to go by we are more likely to offload a couple than sign 🙄 .

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  19. Kim – weren’t all 5 players signed in a week last Jan?.
    I’m apprehensive as well to be honest. If we’re doing well they may think we don’t need to strengthen. They may decide to only add loan signings again. Is Joe up for it?.
    I think if we are signing players the first has to be a permanent one for me – a statement signing as much as anything else for me.

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  20. Sharpy , the only problem with them signings was- A, they should of arrived in the summer or at least a couple of them should and -B, they was a result of our owner panicking . Come this January if we aren’t struggling I fear no one will come in .

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  21. Kim – I’m not sure they were panick buys but I totally agree with the rest. They were looking at Debuchy, Douglas and De Jong in the summer and obviously signed Debz in Jan. So that would suggest Debz, Mapou and Goof were needed before Jan. Haidara and Sissoko were probably brought in because of where we found ourselves.

    I don’t care what league position we find ourselves in come Jan, we do not have strength in depth in certain positions. If we do not strengthen in Jan then I think Ashley makes his position perfectly clear.

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  22. Sharpy, Defo agree on that last bit of the [email protected] I think the guy would flog us tomorrow if he had the right offer and incentive, problem is he’s making such a profit with SD on the back of the free advertising that it will take a big offer to shift him but there is no doubt in my mind he has well and truly fallen out of any love he ever had for the club. Truth is I suspect it’s only ever been an advert space from the start that he thought could be fun along the way,sadly for him and us that’s not how it’s panned out.

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  23. If they were – like the press release said – buys from ’13 summer ‘pushed forward’ to January. Then does that mean we are now on to the next year of recruiting and we will see signings mainly next summer? I think next summer will be too late for Remy and Gomis; the club need to show intent in January. Hang around and they will be gone, or maybe that is the plan?

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