Report: Southampton eyeing Newcastle United flop Luuk de Jong

Southampton Football Club

Southampton are reportedly interested in Newcastle's Luuk de Jong.

Southampton are interested in signing Dutch striker Luuk de Jong, report The Sun.

De Jong currently plays for PSV Eindhoven, and has a superb scoring record of 10 goals in 11 Eredivisie games this season.

In all competitions he has 15 goals in 17 games, with one strike coming in the Champions League.

The Sun report Southampton are keen to sign him, but do not give any further details, in a short snippet on their website.

De Jong had a spell on loan at Newcastle United two seasons ago, but it was an unsuccessful one. He failed to score in any of his 12 games.

That came after a miserable spell at German side Borussia Moenchengladbach, in which he scored just eight times in 45 games after a big money move.

De Jong starred for Steve McClaren's former side FC Twente, scoring 59 times in 120 appearances, and has rediscovered his touch back in Holland.

Moving to the Premier League would be another gamble for him, and may depend on whether PSV can progress from their Champions League group. They are currently one point behind Manchester United in second, level on points with German club Wolfsburg, with two games remaining.

In Southampton's favour is Dutch boss Ronald Koeman, who could hope to help his countryman settle quickly in England.

De Jong is an interesting option for the Saints, especially if he is motivated to prove a point after his dismal Newcastle experience.

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