Newcastle miss out on De Jong after Dutch youngster signs for Borussia Monchengladbach
German side Borussia Monchengladbach have beaten off competition from Newcastle United to secure the signature of highly-rated Dutch striker Luuk De Jong. The deal is thought to be in the region of €15 million with the 21-year-old agreeing a contract which will keep him at the club until June 2017.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is thought to have been interested in De Jong after the youngster scored 39 goals in 76 Eredivisie games for FC Twente. However he was put off by the hefty price tag, clearing the way for Gladbach coach Lucien Favre to get his man.
Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl is delighted with the signing which was crucial after their star man Marco Reus left to join Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund:
“We are very pleased that it's now a done deal after all, and that Luuk will be able to travel to our training camp in Tegernsee on Friday,” Eberl said.
“In Luuk, we have secured the services of a very talented striker who has already plenty of international experience under his belt with Twente and the Dutch national side, despite his tender age of 21.”
Having missed out on De Jong, Newcastle look set to turn their attention to re-signing Andy Carroll from Liverpool. However, the rumours aren’t popular with Toon fans who would have much preferred to see De Jong arrive at St James’ than see Carroll return.
“Newcastle doesn't need Andy Carroll. Newcastle need Luuk deJong” Kelsey Daly tweeted before De Jong sealed his move to Germany.
“Some talk of Andy Carroll coming back to the Toon. Meh, I wouldn't mind it, but I'd rather Luuk De Jong so much more #DifferentClass#NUFC” Evin Cashman also tweeted.