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.
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?
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