The Difficulties Of Selling A Former Newcastle Target

Borussia Monchengladbach paid out big money for former Newcastle striker target Luuk de Jong two years ago, and he has simply failed to make the grade in the Bundesliga, and now the German club will attempt to recoup as much of the £12M they paid to FC Twente for him as possible.

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Luuk de Jong – while at Newcastle

And that campaign has started with comments from Monchengladbach’s Sporting Director Max Eberl :

“There are people interested in Luuk.” “You cannot rule anything out.” “It is possible he begins with us on June 30 for pre-season training.”

“He will then work normally.” “If Luuk is superior in his preparation he will play again for Gladbach.” “We are talking about a player with great quality, it has also been shown in his first year here.”

“In Luuk we never throw in the towel.”

But one of the problems at the German club with Luuk is that current manager Lucien Favre has never rated the player since he arrived in Germany, and we always wondered if he was even consulted on the deal, before Luuk was signed.

It seems Borussia Monchengladbach are looking to get half the fee they paid out for the Dutch striker, but even £6M has scared off two top Dutch clubs PSV and Ajax, and of course Luuk didn’t do too well at St James’ Park on loan this season, and will not be signing him.

We’re sure Monchengladbach were hoping he would be a Newcastle player by now.

But we are in with a very decent chance to sign his 25 year-old brother and Ajax captain Siem de Jong, who could turn out to be a great singing for Newcastle.

We really hope Lee Charnley can get Siem through the door this summer, and we believe Newcastle were willing to bring both brothers to Tyneside this summer – but Luuk just didn’t take his chance this year – and that’s a bit of a pity really.

Comments welcome.

Written from the Grosvenor House Marriott, Park Lane – while on vacation in London, England.

11 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #1

    I thought having the both de Jong brothers would be an excellent marketing opportunity that Ashley would not miss. However, as I think we will only get loans, the number of places is limited. Is it a maximum of six loan players in a squad?

  • Spoof

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Offer ?2/3m for Luuk & that will be our spending just about done

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Did I just see fatty’s eyes light up ?
    £6M ?
    Oh deary me. I think we have one of our strikers coming ‘over the line’ any day soon.

  • firebug666

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #4

    I still think Luuk de Jong could be an asset for Newcastle, he came into a team that was playing abysmal football from January, but he showed some good quality at time, held the ball up well, linked up play in the midfield, and played some decent passes.

    OK he never scored a goal himself, but other than Remy neither did anyone else.

    The player came here lacking confidence, and when into a team with no confidence at all, hardly a fair chance.

    He is still only young and can improve, with a pre-season under his belt he could be a great player for us this year, not a prolific scorer, but maybe a good No 10 who could help create in the final third.

    IMO give him a chance.

  • Spoof

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Lew we paid 1.3m for the loan deal so that would be a max of 4.7m without the low balling which would surely come.

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #6

    £300k for Abeid ?
    That’s ridiculous surely

  • Spoof

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Firebug I tend to agree, and lets not forget that Debuchy ws hopeless until he settled down and had a pre season under his belt

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I think he will have to buy this window otherwise it’s definite relegation
    No goals no points equals no TV money for the fat controller.
    No free marketing for sports direct which is what he’s all about so I expect some forwards and a couple more through the door
    If Debuchy was to go to Arsenal Jenkinson and a cash settlement has to be the way forward

  • toonicle

    Jun 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    They only want 6 Mil for him? I’d take him back here for that no problem. He’s got talent he just needs time to settle somewhere and get games.

  • sportsdirect

    Jun 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #11

    did not take his chance???
    the lad never stood a chance as rarely played and when he did he was playing in team with no spark, imagination, drive or energy.
    personnally LDJ fits the stated transfer policy perfectly and would be an effective signing.
    LDJ plus Lassoga and Pierre Emerick and Drcic from Nueremburg would give us a potent strike force.


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