There are reports in the Mail today and other news sources, that Newcastle may be trying to do a permanent deal for Dutch International striker Luuk de Jong, and news this morning in the local press is that Newcastle hope to complete the deal for Luuk in the next few days, and certainly before the game at Norwich City on Tuesday night.
Luuk de Jong – close to joining Newcastle?
Luuk has not started a game in the Bundesliga all season, and he has hardly done well in Germany, so with that in mind surely Newcastle will want to take a look at the 23 year in the Premier League before agreeing to pay out £8.5M for the Dutch International, so a loan deal makes lots of sense.
£8.5M is the fee that’s rumored Newcastle would need to pay and not the £12M being touted in the Mail this morning – remember he was signed by the German club for £12.6M only eighteen months ago.
That’s when he preferred Germany to Newcastle, who had offered £10M for the striker, and at that time Luuk was still at FC Twente, and was Newcastle’s number one target in the summer of 2012.
This is what he has said to Goal today, and certainly he seems a bit fed up with not playing:
“I just want to play again. I would still love to play for Monchengladbach, but when that’s not possible I will look somewhere else.” “Against Bayern I had to warm up for the whole of the second half. It’s not funny anymore.”
“I still have fun during training sessions, but on match-days it’s hard for me. I spend more time warming up than actually playing.” “It’s hard for me to be important for the team. “I try to convince the coach, but I have been trying all season.”
“I played friendlies during the winter break, but everybody gets to play in those games.” “Monchengladbach knows that some clubs are interested in me. Those clubs have been informed, but there’s no offer for me yet.”
“Together with my dad and my agent, I spoke with the club in the last week of December.” “We have spoken several times now. I don’t know how big the chance is that I will leave this month. The Technical Director can probably say more about that.”
“I don’t know if the Premier League suits me more than the Bundesliga. I think I also showed I can compete in the Bundesliga.” “But the coach chooses other strikers at the moment. I understand it, because the team is doing very well. But it’s hard for me.”
Monchengladbach were beaten 2-0 at home by German Champions Bayern Munich last night, and Luuk didn’t even get on as a substitute in the game – and that’s what he’s referring to when he says he had to warm up for the whole of the second half – but didn’t get on.
And it’s interesting that Luuk says that Borussia Monchengladbach have not received any bid for him yet.
So what has Joe Kinnear been doing in Germany this week – we thought he was over there to clinch the loan signing of the Dutch International?
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