Is This Striker Still A Newcastle Target?

Newcastle have been linked with long-term striker target Luuk de Jong over the last couple of months, because the Dutch International cannot get a game at Borussia Monchengladbach, and may be looking to go out on loan next month.

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Luuk de Jong – Borussia Monchengladbach occasional striker

Luuk was our top transfer target 18 months ago, but the 23 year-old elected to join Borussia Monchengladbach, in what was a £12.6M deal that hasn’t turned out well for either club or player.

De Jong has played 12 times for the German team this season, and all are late substitute appearances, and in ten of those he has come on after the 80th minute for what are really cameo performances for the striker, and in the other two appearances he came on after the 70th minute..

In fact he has played only 84 minutes of football in those 12 sub appearances, an average of 7 minutes per appearance, and it’s not surprising the lad is frustrated in Germany.

Earlier this week this is what Luuk told the press:

“I am planning on putting my advisers and my father together with people at Gladbach.”  “We will see what happens after that.”  “We need to sort things out. A transfer? Things can happen very quickly.”

If Newcastle are still interested in the striker, after his apparent failure in Germany, we suppose Newcastle could bring him in on loan, and then we’d have two strikers on loan, both of whom have rejected us in the transfer market. 🙁

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13 comments so far

  • BenbulbenMag

    Dec 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d take a punt on him, but only if it was a loan with guaranteed transfer fee agreed for the end of the season.

    What might be slightly worrying though is the character, why has he fallen out so spectacularly with his manager ? 12.6m was a fair piece of change for them to pay for him afterall

  • Scottiedog

    Dec 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    No. The simple reason is that he has no form and has zero confidence!! We may as well stick with Cisse if this is the type of player we are going for!!

  • toonincheek

    Dec 19, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Strange, and worrying, that he hasnt been playing much for Borussia. Can only be ‘cos he isn’t playing well.
    And – the German league is supposed to be the closest to the PL in playing style.

    Have to look to Graham C for his advice on that one.

  • Shola Pure Legend

    Dec 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Can anyone of you clears this bet up. I put 5 teams to score in 1st half on a William hill coupon, 4 did but Sheff Wed didnt score but the match got abandoned in the 59th minute, nice little 1500 quid if it works out.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    If it was a first half bet, and the first half was completed without a goal from your team then I’m afraid you have lost, regardless of what happened after that.

  • tequilamag

    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    I would say they should pay up, the bet was the first half not the result of the game.

  • tequilamag

    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Doh, misread the post Lilo would be correct

  • tequilamag

    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #8

    I one bombed out on a £1100 accumulator when a goal was not given after it had crossed the line.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Conclusions from all these unsubstantiated stories are that there are plenty of options for the Joeker and the willingness of some players to move should keep the prices low. Lets hope a number of ‘deals’ can be done, with the usual scutiny of the players ability.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    Back at Uni, me and my flat used to have stupid £1 acca’s every Saturday, the deal was if one of us won they paid for the rest of the flat to go to an Ashes series in Australia.

    I had an 18 game acca on, which was due to win me £72,000 roughly. 17 games won, Stranraer were playing bottom of the league East Stirling. Stranraer were running up at the top of the league, and somehow contrived to draw.

    I have never forgiven (and will never forgive) Stranraer the football club, the place, or the people for that! 🙂

  • tequilamag

    Dec 19, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Lolo I feel your pain.

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed: “for what are really cameo performances from the STINKER…” haha, quality.

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Probably more accurate a description than a striker these days. 😉

    He pbviously can’t cut it in a decent league so I dont want him her. Let him go back to Holland and pretend he’s too good for us again.


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