Newcastle United could be about to complete arguably the most awkward transfer deal in the history of the Premier League with the Magpies bidding for midfielder Siem De Jong – the brother of Luuk De Jong, the striker who was on loan at St James’ Park last term.
The forward arrived on a temporary deal from Borussia Monchengladbach, where he has so far failed to hit the heights that saw him transfer to the Bundesliga giants from Twemte.
Luuk played against Siem in Holland but moved to Germany back in July 2012 in a deal worth a reported £12.6 million.
However the Dutch forward struggled for form with Gladbach, scoring just six goals in 36 games before switching to the Magpies last January.
Things didn’t go much better for him on Tyneside though, with De Jong failing to find the net in 12 appearances for the Toon, with one particularly poor performance in Newcastle’s 4-0 home loss to Manchester United prompting supporters to cheer when he was substituted after an hour.
That humiliation could be further compounded if his older brother seals a Premier League switch to Alan Pardew’s team, with the Sunderland Echo today publishing quotes attributed to the Ajax midfielder which appear to indicate he is open to the move.
“I really do not know what I’ll do next season ... I have spoken with the club but nothing is sorted,” he said.
“Also with Newcastle United, where my brother played last time, they have had a little contact with my agent ...There was contact before, but it’s nothing concrete.”
Though the Eredivisie star was quick to note that he would definitely be open to the move should it allow him to link up with his brother, Newcastle United look unlikely to offer Luuk De Jong a permanent deal, leaving Siem in something of a tricky situation.
The Magpies, meanwhile, have already turned their attention to a number of other forward targets including Leeds United’s Ross McCormack and Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano.