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?