Graham Carr, the Chief Scout was at St. James’ Park on Saturday and we assume Alan Pardew, Graham and Director of Football Joe Kinnear have since discussed their transfer targets, with news in Sunday’s papers we could be after as many as four players in January.
Luuk de Jong – 23 year-old Borussia Monchengladbach striker
It seems that Borussia Monchengladbach’s De Jong is a top target again, but we’re not too sure about this player, since he’s been an abject failure in Germany, since signing for the German club eighteen months ago.
Alan Pardew has already said he thinks Newcastle are on their toes in terms of who they want and who’s available this month:
“We’re making sure we’re on our toes in terms of the market.” “That’s what we’re going to try to do.”
And it seems that Borussia Monchengladbach are willing to loan out Luuk in January, as Director Hans Meyer has already stated:
“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.”
If the manager didn’t have 100% confidence in De Jong, then why on earth did the German club splash out £12.6M for him a short eighteen months ago, when Favre was still the manager?
And maybe it’s safer for Newcastle to first get Luuk in on a loan deal this month through the end of the season, and then see how he performs in the Premier League, before deciding whether we want to move for him permanently in the summer.
But it does seem Newcastle could sign somebody fairly quickly this month, and maybe even this week?
We should get an idea of just how ambitious the club is these days – especially after we went out of the FA Cup at the very first hurdle on Saturday – again.
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