Tuesday, 19th November, 2013

A three-way transfer battle is poised to break out in January for out-of-favour Borussia Monchengladbach forward Luuk de Jong.

The Dutchman joined Gladbach in the summer of 2012, choosing the Bundesliga outfit despite much-publicised interest from Premier League club Newcastle United.


Last term the 23-year-old clocked up 31 appearances for Gladbach in all competitions, scoring eight goals.

This season though he is firmly out of favour with coach Lucien Favre, who has not handed De Jong a starting spot in a single Bundesliga game so far.


That has alerted two sides from De Jong's homeland, PSV Eindhoven and the striker's ex-club FC Twente, along with his former suitors Newcastle. All three are keen to offer pastures new to the forward.

De Jong's availability though is far from clear, mixed noises having emanated from Borussia-Park.

Club director Hans Meyer recently raised the prospect of De Jong leaving on loan in January. "Possibly by Christmas we will loan Luuk, but certainly not to a director competition", Meyer had said.

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl sung from a different hymn sheet however, saying: "From our side, this question has absolutely not been raised."

Top tips from tipsters who know the game and betting match previews. Make sure you visit Inside Bet!