Newcastle linked with Dutch attacker – but do they need him?

The St James’ Park outfit are reportedly weighing up a move for Luuk De Jong in the January transfer window.

Reports in Germany today are suggesting that Newcastle are ready to make a move for Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk De Jong in the January transfer window.

The Netherlands international has been out of favour at the Bundesliga club, with Germany international Max Kruse the main man in attack for Lucien Favre’s outfit.

With De Jong yet to get a goal for Monchengladbach this term, board member Hans Meyer has admitted that the forward could leave the club on loan in the upcoming transfer window.

“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."

De Jong shot to stardom in his homeland with FC Twente, playing a role in the Eredivisie side being crowned as Dutch champions in 2009-10.

An impressive 32 goals in the 2011-12 campaign in all competitions turned the striker into hot property, with Monchengladbach winning the battle for his signature last summer.

De Jong has been capped seven times for the Netherlands, scoring three goals, but has been on the fringes of late.

De Jong has failed to settle in Germany since a £12.5 million move though, and reports on the continent are suggesting that Alan Pardew’s men are one of the frontrunners for his capture in January.

However, do Newcastle really need another striker?

At the moment, the Tyneside club are riding the crest of Loic Remy’s goalscoring wave, with the QPR loanee an instant hit at St James’ Park.

Despite being used as a winger on occasion, Pardew has deployed the ex-Marseille man as a number nine in his 4-4-2 system of late.

With Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse fighting it out for a place alongside Remy, it looks like the Tynesiders are well catered for in attack.

Hatem Ben Arfa has been left out of the starting XI for the last couple of games, with it likely that when he does return he could be used as a number ten in behind Remy, giving Pardew another option in attack.

De Jong needs regular first-team football to reinvigorate a promising career that has stagnated over the last 12 months, and it is doubtful whether he would get this with the North East club.

A prodigious talent, he could be a good back-up option, but the Dutch star would most likely find himself in a similar position at Newcastle to the one he is currently in – on the bench.

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