No goals in 14 games - Is Bundesliga striker good enough for Newcastle?

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Borussia Monchengladbach have announced on their official Twitter account that striker Luuk de Jong is on his way to Newcastle United to complete a medical.

Joe Kinnear has hardly received awards for his transfer policy since rejoining Newcastle as director of football.

Just one big-name loan signing has arrived at the club since his appointment - albeit a good one in QPR striker Loic Remy - while the Magpies have looked in more danger of losing a prized asset this January than gaining one.

But an announcement in Germany this morning might just put a smile on Kinnear's face, earning him a break from the constant stream of criticism that seems to come his way.

Indeed, on their official Twitter account, Borussia Monchengladbach have declared that striker Luuk De Jong is on his way to Tyneside to complete a medical with Newcastle.

"Luuk de Jong is not training with the Foals today. The striker is currently on his way to Newcastle for medical checks," Gladbach said on the social networking site.

On second thoughts, though, Kinnear and co. might be riding their luck with this particular signing.

Talented though he may be, 23-year-old De Jong has not enjoyed the same success since leaving FC Twente for Germany the summer before last.

At Twente, the forward improved year on year until he scored 30 times in 39 appearances in his last season in the Netherlands, also registering an assist for the Dutch side. But a step up to the Bundesliga has presented different challenges for De Jong, with this campaign in particular proving a stumbling block for the young striker.

Last term, the Dutchman offered a reasonable return for the investment Monchengladback had in him, scoring eight times in 30 apperances for the German side in his debut campaign for them, including contributions in European competition. This time round, however, De Jong has neither scored nor registered an assist in 14 appearances for Gladbach - all of which have been from the bench.

It makes perfect sense, then, for the Bundesliga side to sell the young striker - but how much sense does it make for Newcastle to buy him?

Papiss Cisse may have struggled for goals this term, with just three in 18 games in all competitions. But in Loic Remy, Yohan Cabaye and Yoan Gouffran, the Magpies have three goalscorers who have netted 25 times between them. In the Premier League alone, meanwhile, Newcastle have scored 32 - more than Tottenham and all of those below them in the table.

Goals may be a concern for Alan Pardew's men if Cabaye leaves, while an injury to Remy or Gouffran could severely hinder their campaign. But entrusting a young striker who hasn't scored all season might not be the best way to remedy the situation.

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