Newcastle appear to have made very little progress in this January transfer window, with no players arriving yet on Tyneside, but that could change early next week, as there’s news the Tyneside club are close to getting Dutch striker Luuk de Jong in on loan.
Luuk de Jong – coming in early next week?
The delay in the loan deal – Luuk is apparently now very keen to join Newcastle – is that Borussia Monchengladbach have been trying to sign a replacement striker, before they would let Luuk leave.
But the news in the local papers today are that Newcastle are expecting to make progress by early next week, and the initial target was to try to get this lad on board before the Norwich City game at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.
But there’s no more news than that – and we don’t know if his German club are now willing to let him join Newcastle, even though they have not signed a replacement.
Certainly Monchengladbach seem well stocked for strikers, which is one reason Papiss Cisse was wary of going there in a part exchange deal, and why Luuk cannot get his game there.
With Sunderland actually threatening to be successful these days, after beating Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and presumably qualifying for the Europa League next season whatever happens in the final against Manchester City, Newcastle fans are not too happy right now, and that’s an understatement.
So bringing in one player on loan this January transfer window would probably be looked on as a success – maybe.
How the (once) mighty have fallen.
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