NEWCASTLE United will not rush into making a decision on Luuk de Jong’s future – despite needing to revamp their strikeforce this summer.
De Jong joined on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach last month to add depth to the Magpies forward line.
After coming on as a half-time substitute against Sunderland, he has started the last two games against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
And the Dutch international has shown flashes of the ability which persuaded Monchengladbach to splash out more than £12m for him to bring him from FC Twente 18 months ago.
Newcastle are understood to have a deal in place to make de Jong’s move permanent in the summer for around half the figure the Germans paid for him.
But despite reports that they are keen to complete the deal, SportMail understands the club won’t rush into making a decision on the 23-year-old until they have seen him play a string of games.
De Jong is still not fully match-fit, having barely featured for Monchengladbach before his move to Tyneside, and his lack of sharpness has seen him pass up a couple of chances to get his first goal for the club.
The Magpies have failed to score in seven of their last nine games, with their last goal coming from Yohan Cabaye against West Ham on January 18.
And manager Alan Pardew knows he may need to sign three strikers in the summer.
Top scorer Loic Remy is only on loan until the end of the season, and is likely to get offers from Champions League clubs after his form for Newcastle.
And long-serving Shola Ameobi is out of contract in July, and seems unlikely to be offered a new deal.
That just leaves Papiss Demba Cisse, whose future is in doubt after his loss of form in front of goal over the last 12 months saw him slip down the pecking order.
And Pardew admitted earlier this week that the Senegal striker needs to show he’s worth keeping with his performances between now and the end of the campaign.
“He needs to have a big second half of the season for the summer,” Pardew said.
“We are going to have to make a decision with Papiss – whether he is going to stay at this club, and be a big player for us like he was two years ago and last year to a degree, or whether it’s going to be pastures new.”
Cisse, however, did his cause no good on Wednesday night, missing two great chances in the 4-0 defeat against Spurs.
Chief scout Graham Carr is already scouting the continent for forwards, with Metz striker Diafra Sakho linked with the club recently.