Luuk de Jong at Newcastle Utd for medical

Luuk de Jong, right.
Luuk de Jong, right.

LUUK de Jong is due on Tyneside for a medical at Newcastle United, according to Borussia Monchengladbach.

The striker has fallen out of favour at the Bundesliga club.

And Newcastle have been involved in discussions with Monchengladbach about taking the 23-year-old on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

A statement on Monchengladbach’s Twitter feed read: “Luuk de Jong has not trained today with the Foals. The striker is on his way for a medical at Newcastle.”

United manager Alan Pardew yesterday claimed the club was “close” to a transfer breakthrough.

It was understood Pardew was referring to de Jong, who was a Newcastle target 18 months ago while at FC Twente.

SportMail reported on Saturday that United were hopeful of concluding the deal early this week.