Tuesday, 28 January 2014

De Jong set for Newcastle Switch

Newcastle United are close to signing Dutch international Luuk De Jong. De Jong has been a long term transfer target for the club, but elected to sign for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach when he left FC Twente in 2012 as he did not feel he would be guaranteed first team football on Tyneside.
Newcastle were also reluctant to match Mönchengladbach’s offer of £12.6m for a player at such an early stage in his career, but are increasingly confident they will be able to offer less than that this month to finally land the 23-year-old.
The club were initially rebuffed when they asked if they could take De Jong on loan - their preferred option as it will enable manager Alan Pardew to see how suited De Jong is to English football before they hand over a significant transfer fee - but they have been locked in talks with the German club and a compromise has been reached.De Jong has talked publicly about his desire to move to Newcastle and Mönchengladbach are likely to have agreed to Newcastle’s loan, with a view to buy.

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