Luuk De Jong Decision Expected Within 24 Hours


Borussia Moenchengladbach Sports Director Max Eberl has been quoted in the German Football magazine Kicker, but he only alludes to saying the Luuk de Jong  is one of the targets of the Bundesliga club.

Max Erbel – Borussia Moenchengladbach Sports Director

Borussia finished 4th top last season and qualified for the Champions League, after finishing 3rd bottom the season before, and only avoiding relegation by a couple of points, and it looks like the German club want to continue their rise to prominence.

Eberl looked forward to the new season, with their pre-season training starting today:

“It is for us a season with a new challenge, and the next step, is that we can say: We want to finish in the upper half of the table.”    “A place in the first eleven must be our goal, to finish in the top eight would be a really good result, a renewed place in the top six would be sensational.”

And it would appear that their remaining targets in the transfer market are Luuk de Jong,  David Hoilett and John Guidetti (19 year-old Manchester City striker on loan to Feyenoord last season), and it’s interesting that all three players have also been linked with Newcastle.

This is what Max had to say about those three pending transfers:

“We have to handle this situation correctly.” “We’re in good conversations, but it could well be that it still runs for a while.”    “There are no other holes are filled.”

There was news yesterday that Borrusia Moenchengladbach were claiming victory in their quest to agree a fee for Luuk de Jong with FC Twente, but we have been unable to find any real quotes from the German club saying they think they have won the race to sign Luuk de Jong.

The Sunday Sun  reported yesterday that Newcastle Managing Director Derek LLambias will be meeting today with the FC Twente officials, and although it seems Newcastle have agreed a fee of £5M for Twente center-back Douglas, Derek’s main goal today is to try to agree a fee with FC Twente for the the young Dutch International striker.

That’s where we stand – and it could be that we will know the result of Newcastle’s quest for this young striker in the next 24 hours, with the situation seeming to be balanced on a knife’s edge.

And it seems that Newcastle are indeed trying to get de Jong, Douglas and French International Mathieu Debuchy to Newcastle for a combined fee of £20M, but that is proving difficult.

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19 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 2, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    What abt FC twente

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 2, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Their expectations are lower than ours and our drive, ambition and potential just has to be more alluring than theirs!

    They’ve already sold thier 2 best players and we are doing everything to retain ours.

    If luuk joins them for footballing reasons I’ll be amazed

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  • pieceofpapiss

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    What about them?

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  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    This is driving me mental.

    Please sign de jong today!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Surely the Approval of FC twene is required whether they want to sell or not

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m willing to bet on further news about Luuk today. The hints from the agent yesterday was very strong. We’re a big club, but we’re not a top club…yet!

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  • HullMag6

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Hope he signs for us, but lets just see who is brought ‘over the line’ . Only then should pass judgement, I think big Mike smells a chance of sex…I mean success and will speculate financially maybe at the expense of next seasons budget.

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  • Andymax

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    “Blackburn will today sign Leon Best from Newcastle in a £2.25million deal – to fill Yakubu’s boots. ”

    If true We MUST have signed someone, surely…

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Beattie
    “sold their best 2 players”
    Reus and…?

    It also depends if Luuk wants to be a regular starter. He’d be starting for Monchengladbach on a week in basis but then again Pardew wouldn’t spend so much on a player for him to warm the bench.

    Maybe he’s just deciding whether it is worth playing CL football or if it’s better to play Europa with his mate Krul?

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    @HullMag
    He’d have to wait for the Spanish players to finish first. And well played!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Ben Arfa,

    Dante their CD, he has gone to Munich

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #13

    i’m really hopeing douglas sign’s nvm de jong think the cover is more needed on defence than attack as we conceeded too many when saylor was out and we still have ba/cisse/ameobi and plenty of goals from midfield

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  • Beattie25

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Beat me to it indian

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #15

    We’re linked with Bourdoux CB Ciani, a no go imo, he’s 28.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    To B fair to monchengladbach they sold those two log b4 they qualified for UCL Qualifiers

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  • magpiebop

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #17

    A title challenge is on for this season wii the squad we’re building.

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Really wish Besty good luck for his move. The lad has always given the club 110% and scored many crucial goals last season especially early on to kick start our unbeaten run – Fulham, villa etc. Some players leave and are never welcome back at the club, but should our paths meet again, I’m sure Besty will be given a heck of a welcome.

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  • Nick 69

    Jul 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #19

    so really there is nothing at all to suggest a decision will be made within 24 hours as the headline suggests, kinda misleading headline Ed

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