Transfer News: Newcastle want Luuk de Jong done by next week
Sky sources understand Newcastle United want to complete the signing of Luuk de Jong by Tuesday's clash with Norwich.
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Last Updated: 28/01/14 7:00pm
However, whilst they are pushing the de Jong deal along - they may have to wait until the following Saturday and the Tyne-Wear derby with Sunderland before they are able to include him.
Newcastle have been lining up de Jong on loan since late last year, but his club Borussia Monchengladbach had been considering their options, but the Magpies now look set to get their man before the window closes next week.
The future of Papiss Cisse remains subject of speculation. He has been linked to Gladbach as part of the de Jong deal, whilst the likes of West Ham and Cardiff have also been linked - together with sides from the Middle East.
Turkish club Besitkas have stated their admiration for the player but sources close to Newcastle have told us that they are not looking to sell and if somebody did want him then the club would want to recoup the £9million they paid.
And also Newcastle are aware that with Shola Ameobi out of contract this summer, even if de Jong came in - that would be of their four strikers including Loic Remy - only Cisse would be contracted beyond the end of the season.
Newcastle still hope to conclude a deal for Remy on a full time basis and de Jong's move will be with a view to a permanent, but neither of those would be done until the end of the season.