NEWCASTLE United have revived their interest in Luuk de Jong – and are weighing up a loan swoop for the Dutch striker.
De Jong was a target for Newcastle 18 months ago, but he ended up signing for Borussia Monchengladbach in a £12.6million deal.
The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour at the Bundesliga side, though, and has been left kicking his heels on the sidelines this term.
Monchengladbach are now considering whether to let De Jong leave on loan in January, alerting Newcastle, who have drawn up a hitlist as they look to bolster their attacking options in the transfer window with an over-reliance on Loic Remy for goals.
The Magpies are also mulling over a fresh bid for Bafetimbi Gomis, having failed to sign the forward in August after protracted negotiations with the Frenchman, his agents and Lyon broke down.
Gomis is out of contract in the summer, and could be available for just a couple of million euros in the new year.
De Jong, meanwhile, still has three years left on his deal, but Monchengladbach director Hans Meyer admitted they would consider letting the player leave in January.
“We will possibly loan Luuk at Christmas, but definitely not to a competitor,” he said.
“Our head coach, Lucien Favre, has said from the start he didn’t have 100 per cent confidence in De Jong filling the striker position, but I think we’ll find a solution.”
Monchengladbach’s sporting director, Max Eberl, however, played down the claims, adding: “From our side, this question has absolutely not been raised. If we want to achieve our goal, we need a wide squad that also has strong quality.”
Monchengladbach are reluctant to admit that De Jong has been a flop, having forked out a hefty fee to bring him from Twente just 18 months ago.
The Holland international scored just eight times in his first season before falling out with Favre, and has been restricted to just a handful of appearances this term.
He insists he is happy to fight for his place, however, and said: “I want to play for Borussia – that’s my goal. If the team needs me, I’m ready.
“Things can move fast when a player is injured or suspended.
“Then I have to be ready and take my chances.”