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.