Thursday, January 30, 2014

Toon get a Luuk in

On a busy day on Tyneside, Dreamboat's departure wasn't yesterday's only bit of transfer news, as we finally succeeded in getting a deal over the fabled line. Pleasingly we've been able to reach an agreement with Borussia Monchengladbach on our terms rather than what were reported to be theirs, signing striker Luuk de Jong on an initial loan so we can assess him at close quarters rather than having to commit to a hefty transfer fee.

The Netherlands international's arrival couldn't be much more timely, given that our attack has been blunted by injury and suspension. We need him to hit the ground running - a big ask for any player coming into the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a derby match, and particularly one who is desperately short of form and match fitness.

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