A Luuk De Jong loan deal is still on the cards though the two clubs must come to an agreement on a half season loan fee.
While both De Jong and Borussia Monchengladbach are making all the right noises about the player still having a future at the German club, the facts suggest otherwise.
This season it is a bit of a joke really, the way he has been treated.
Not starting a single match so far this season, the way the striker has been ‘used’ as a substitute must be seriously damaging his confidence.
De Jong has been brought off the bench on 13 occasions but has in total only played 72 minutes, not surprisingly he hasn’t managed a goal.
The last match against Wolfsburg, the forward was brought on three minutes into injury time and never touched the ball!
It would be a major surprise if Gladbach stood in the way of a player who obviously is seen as surplus to requirements but on the other hand, if Newcastle do go ahead with a deal it is hard to see De Jong hit the ground running after so little pitch time.
On the plus side he is still only 23 years old and in his final season in Holland, the striker scored 25 goals in 33 league appearances, showing there is definitely talent there.