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Newcastle Close In On Luuk De Jong Deal

9:48 am, Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 26 Comments

There’s news today in the Newcastle Journal that Newcastle’s number one transfer priority right now is to push through the loan deal for Dutch striker Luuk de Jong from Borussia Monchengladbach, and hopefully have the deal all tied up  by next Tuesday, when we are at Norwich City.

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Luuk de Jong – loan deal to Newcastle

The news is that Joe Kinnear is in Germany trying to get the deal completed, and since it seems Luuk wants to come to Newcastle, maybe the only sticking point is the loan fee.

But there would also need to be an agreement on how much Newcastle would need to pay for the Dutch striker, should Newcastle want to make the deal permanent in the summer.

And there’s news today that both Dutch clubs Ajax and PSV have pulled out of the race for the Dutch International, so it would appear that Newcastle are firmly in the driver’s seat for Luuk.

There was news yesterday that Newcastle were also close to getting Remy Cabella from Montpellier, and Montpellier Vice President Laurent Nicollin was even quoted last night as saying the deal had been done.

But the son of the Montpellier President Louis quickly changed the quote he had given to Midi Libre, to say that other clubs were still involved, after Newcastle came out and said the deal was not yet done.

Whether other clubs are still involved or not, we don’t know.

Let’s hope the deal is almost done, and some loose ends need to be tied up – but it looks like Remy would join us in the summer, which is why Luuk is the number one target right now.

And getting Luuk in on loan would be good, but we wonder where this leaves Papiss Cisse – further down the striker pecking order at Newcastle?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Jan 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Stuart

    really, have a coffee, lad.

  • 2 Markaccus // Jan 21, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    This is just what we need. As long as he finds form.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    repost
    We all accept that the fifth place finish was an over achievement however with the right sensible investment we could have capitalised on that and pushed on the same way we could have taken advantage of the five players been
    bedded in and an upgrade on Shola brought in, unfortunately for us the current squad was deemed good enough for top ten so a line was drawn in the sand, just after next summers out goings Pardew will be given just enough ammo for that elusive top ten and the cycle will continue.

  • 4 catchy in norway // Jan 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    toonarmydownsouth

    it was a bit of a pointless thing to do really

    because I bet if you had of asked them when he was on the loosing streak at west ham, they would have took big sam over pardew

    what they see is our team doing well, position wise,

    they don’t watch us week after week

    my point is sam builds his teams to do a job, its not a style I like, but he has full say in what happens

    pardew for his first 2 seasons bypassed his MF, when this was our real strong point,

    now he by passes his forwards by shooting from distance, leaving forwards to feed off scraps

    like I say , you should have asked them when he was in the middle of there record losing streak,,

  • 5 John Tudor // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    never a truer word said jail

  • 6 yorkymag // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I think this analysis is interesting
    Being a bit of a geek I have run a full set of results for the rest of the season for the top 8
    The fourth and fifth spot in my humble opinion is wide open ,it’s a big ask but the season will now depend on how well teams in the top 8 do against each other
    Iam not sure that ladrokes offering 80 to 1 on newcastle to finish top 4 have really understood how close the finish is going to be
    Also the team finishing 4th is likley to have the lowest points total in the last ten years as the top 8 share points
    It’s a long snot I accept but a good run in the next 5 games by any of the top 8 and it’s game on

  • 7 Santon03 // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    It seems that top 3 are running away, 4th to 6th are very close only a point separating them and 7 points gap to us 8th. It’s still achievable, 4th to 6th are going to stumble at some point, we just have to not throwing away points against teams at 10th to 20th.
    I think we still can make it to even 4th, if we do finish at 4th place then Cabaye will definitely stay :)

  • 8 stuart no9 // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    MARKACCUS— @1 most intelligent comment you have made all day – i certainly will.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    catchy,
    apart from jeff, bob, eric you’re the only one on here who would have Fat Sam over Pardew.

  • 10 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    any 1 feels Everton are now running out of steam? only 6 points ahead.

  • 11 Santon03 // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I’m probably too optimistic, let’s say we win against teams from 10th to 20th and lose against 1st to 9th, we will end up with 66points. It will probably be enough to finish 4th.

  • 12 bills-son // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Jail,

    On Zaha and Fellaini, my comment was tongue in cheek.

    I can just imagine the stick JFK would get if he spent £12M on two reserves never mind

  • 13 bills-son // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    never mind £42M.

  • 14 Markaccus // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Stuart

    look. I do not wish for an argument. I can see how you can think my original post was a bit inflamitory. I did not intend that, but maybe i should trust people to have changed a bit from last season. I am willing to forget this and put it down to a misunderstanding, if you are??
    -offers peice pipe-

  • 15 Markaccus // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Peace*

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Catchy
    I asked them because you claimed they would take Sham over Pardew which proved to be complete and utter Bull sh*t

    Were in a good position and were on a great run of form up until the New Years fixtures we lost 3 and now every day have to read your pointless half quoted stats and figures and it’s boring as hell now

    Most people are busy speculating about how we could really kick on with a bit of strengthening and your banging the drums with the same stuff you have done for years!

    No one is an avid Pardew supporter but most know he’s not going anywhere

  • 17 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    JFA
    Not just on here mate, he’s the only person on the planet

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    bills

    in fairness to moyes he only signed fellaini, zaha was signed in jan just left at palace on loan.

    so he’s only wasted 27mil haha

  • 19 catchy in norway // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Jail for Ashley

    id take you over pardew

    I carnt really comment on some of our older managers, as I did not see them, (not being a season ticket holder)

    but in my time of watching us, he has to be the worst iv have seen,

    we rarely get 90mins from his teams,

    he bypassed our MF

    now he bypasses our forwards

    its like he don’t know how to put together a full package

  • 20 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    “he bypassed our MF

    now he bypasses our forwards”

    Another gem from Catchy,what a knob.What does that mean exactly?

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Catchy

    I don’t think at any point anyone would ever pick Allardyce over Pardew. Yes we had a losing streak but Allardyce’s team have been hovering in and around bottom 3 all season.

    I still remember the ”you don’t what you’re doing” chants ringing out at SJP when Allardyce was there.

    Allardyce has never moved beyond negative, defensive worry about the opposition, containing, spoiling hoofball.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would still love a Martinez / Rodgers type of manager to work with our technical players but AP has shown very tentative baby steps in morphing to something better.

    AP will still always have a tendency to make stupid head shaking decisions, but the spectre of Allardyce and his total anti-football has done nothing for the game of football as a spectacle.

  • 22 catchy in norway // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    toonarmydownsouth

    like I said

    you should have asked them when he was loosing all those games,,

    they would have took anyone

    as for discussing how we kick on,,

    I carnt base how we kick on , on players we don’t have,

    until they signed, its just speculation ,, did we sign remy?? it was in the bag,, but no sorry, he went to QPR

    base how we kick on with what we have , not how we could get,,

    that’s a fact

  • 23 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Catchy

    Pardew and Sham are both same cut out of same cloth. Both rank bad.

    But don’t you think your hatred of Pardew is clouding your judgement.

  • 24 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Catchy
    You also sham builds his team to do a job, another biased comparison that simply can’t be made, you like your facts yet fail to acknowledge when making your comparisons that Fat Sam has has full control over transfers and the targets they go for so therefore can get players suited solely to his style hoofball
    Pardew has no control over transfers here nor did he at WHU so therefore has to do something Sam has never had to do which his attempt to adjust his philosophy and tactics, based on some of the football we’ve played to claim he isn’t attempting to do that is plain ignorant
    In fact Sam has only once had to attempt to change his game plan, this season and he’s failing bloody miserably
    So if your going to draw comparisons do it with a manger who has to work in similar circumstances mate

  • 25 ballerfan2 // Jan 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Some strange opinions on the merits of BFS against Pardew and most are just that – opinions. What surely no one (famous last words) can argue with is that Pardew has changed the style of play on occasions and certainly this season we have been playing decent football (except to those inclined to selective myopia) whereas Sam has one style and one style only.

  • 26 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Blogs are a necessary modern evil
    It is the modern world unfortunately
    At one time the football ignoramuses could be ignored cos the only place you met them was in the local and if they got too gobby you could always throw a pint over them or chin them in the bogs
    Catchy did you watch the West Ham game ?
    That was the best I’ve seen a toon team play for donkeys.
    If you’ve got nowt to say – say nowt

    You really are a stupid man




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