In the summer of last year our number one striker target was Luuk de Jong, who at that time was at FC Twente, and even though Newcastle put in a bid of £10M, the Dutch International preferred to move to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach, who paid out £12.8M for the player.
Luuk de Jong – now at Borussia Monchengladbach
Fast forward to today and Luuk’s move has hardly been a success, and the 23 year-old has played only 38 times with 8 goals for the German club, and doesn’t seem to have played at all this season.
There were reports last season that he had fallen out with the coach there, Lucien Favre, but his five-year contract runs through June, 2017.
So it’s not surprising that Monchengladbach are now willing to loan the Dutch International striker out in January.
Newcastle will bring in a striker in January, and Bafe Gomis of Lyon is available for around £2M, as we reported yesterday, and he may our top choice.
Monchengladbach Director Hans Meyer had this to say in the German press:
“We will possibly 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.”
At the time he joined Monchengladbach Luuk had said it was a dream come true for him to play for a top club in the German League
The truth is that Luuk has not been a success in Germany, and it may be within his best interests to move on loan to another club asap, but since he turned Newcastle down once, we’re not sure whether Newcastle will still be interested in this player.
Luuk says he’s willing to fight for his place at the German club:
“I want to play for Borussia, that’s my goal. If the team needs me, I’m ready.” “Things can move fast when a player is injured or suspended.” “Then I have to be ready and take my chances.”
But with Lucien Favre not a fan of the 7 times capped Dutch International, he may be more willing to move out on loan if he still gets no playing time in Germany by the time January rolls around..
We’re not sure if Newcastle will be interested in de Jong, but of course there’s a precedent for the Tyneside club bringing in somebody on loan, who had earlier rejected a permanent move to Newcastle.
His name is Loic Remy, and he’s been simply tremendous for Newcastle, so far this season.
What do you think?
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