The Chronicle is reporting today that Luuk de Jong is eager to sign for Newcastle, after the Tyneside club have let him know they are keen to get him to the northeast , and his father has said it’s like they are in the waiting room at the moment – waiting for the deal to be completed.
Luuk de Jong – eager to come to Newcastle
But Monchengladbach still need to bring in a replacement for their Dutch International, which is what seems to be holding up the deal, and we suppose Newcastle are not willing for Papiss Cisse to go in the opposite direction.
A source close to the player’s father, George, has said this in Chronicle today:
“Luuk feels like he’s in the waiting room at the moment.” “He’s eager to sign for Newcastle but things are moving very slowly.”
“Gladbach don’t want to loan him out until they a back-up striker in as a replacement.” “Of course, it would be different if the transfer went through as a permanent deal.”
“But Newcastle have made it clear they want him on loan.” “Both Ajax and PSV were interested but the financial conditions of the deal no longer interest them. Now he’s just waiting for the next contact.
“Newcastle are the only real contenders at the moment.”
It seems the fee for Newcastle to sign the player permanently could be around £7M, and that’s less than the £10M Newcastle bid for him 18 months ago, and it’s almost half of what Monchengladbach paid for him in the summer of 2012 – when they signed him for £12.6M.
We suspect the German club are trying to claw back as much as they can for their Dutch striker, and their Sporting Director Max Eberl said this yesterday:
“We’ll deal with the situation when it occurs. The transfer window is open for another 11 days and things often happen towards the end – we’re now moving into that.” “We’ll wait and see.”
It would be good to get Luuk into Toon, but he would have to perform a lot better than he has in Germany over the last eighteen months, for the deal to be made permanent in the summer.
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