Netherlands striker Luuk de Jong is close to signing for Newcastle.
His club side Borussia Monchengladbach confirmed the player will undergo medical checks with the Premier League side via their official Twitter account:
And a BBC Sport report claimed that De Jong is expected to move to Newcastle on an initial loan deal.
He shot his way to fame at Eredivisie side FC Twente, where he scored 49 goals in 80 games during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns, per ESPN FC.
From there, he moved to Germany with Monchengladbach but has struggled for form. He has not scored in 13 Bundesliga games this season.
Newcastle have already enjoyed success with a loan striker this season. France international Loic Remy is on a season-long loan from QPR and has scored 11 goals in 23 games, per Soccerbase.
The downside to such deals, though, is that unless a deal with a pre-set fee is already in place, then the form of Remy or De Jong on loan at Newcastle could drive up their eventual transfer fee if the club decide to buy permanently.
Short-term, though, it suits Newcastle, who have gained a reputation as buying low and selling high as evidenced by the potential sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain.
As reported by Ben Smith at BBC Sport, Newcastle signed Cabaye for £4.3 million in 2011 and are set to sell for over four times that price.
With Newcastle aiming to earn a return to European football this season, the signing of De Jong, a player with something to prove, could turn out to be another shrewd bit of business.
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