De Jong blow for Newcastle
I only want to go to Gladbach, says Dutch striker
Last Updated: July 10, 2012 2:17pm
Luuk de Jong: Appears set to choose Borussia Monchengladbach over Newcastle
Luuk de Jong has indicated he intends to move to Germany next season - apparently ending Newcastle's hopes of signing him.
The Holland international is set to leave Twente, with Newcastle and Borussia Monchengladbach thought to be in a straight fight for the striker's signature.
The Magpies have already seen a reported £12million bid for his services turned down, with the Dutch club valuing the player nearer the £16million mark.
But the 21-year-old has suggested the Bundesliga is his preferred destination after speaking to Gladbach coach Lucien Favre.
"I have spoken to Favre several times," he told German newspaper Bild.
"We talked about how he wanted me to play. I'm sure the way he wants to play fits perfectly with the fast pace that suits me.
"I've told Twente that I only want to go to Gladbach. Borussia are playing in the qualifying round of the Champions League and I want to take the next step in my career.
"The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in Europe. To make the next step with the national team I need to go there."
Gladbach were the surprise package of the Bundesliga last season, in much the same way that Newcastle lit up the Premier League, with the German side claiming fourth spot in the table.