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Luuk de Jong is on his way to Newcastle ahead of a medical as he closes on a move from Borussia Monchengladbach

Transfer news: Newcastle set to quickly reinvest Yohan Cabaye money into deal for Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong

The Frenchman is closing on a £23m move to PSG but the Magpies are keen to add a striker as the Bundesliga club confirm de Jong is on his way to Newcastle for a medical

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse rejects player swap role in Luuk De Jong deal

Transfer news: Newcastle's Papiss Cisse rejects player-swap role in Luuk De Jong deal

Toon suffer a set-back in their pursuit of Monchengladbach star

Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong

Transfer news: Newcastle finally close in on Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong - reports

Newcastle United director of football Joe Kinnear appears to have secured the services of Borussia Monchengladbach forward Luuk De Jong after flying to Germany to finalise a £8.5m deal.

Nacer Chadli wants to leave Tottenham in order to keep his World Cup hopes alive, according to his agent.

Transfer news: Nacer Chadli reportedly seeking move away from Tottenham Hotspur to save World Cup hopes

Belgian midfielder trying to secure his place for Brazil

Ilkay Gundogan could be the answer to Manchester United's midfield problems

Transfer news: Manchester United want £25m Ilkay Gundogan - but they must battle Real Madrid for the Germany international

Everton close to tying up a new contract for England defender Baines to ward off interest from United

Bryan Ruiz has joined PSV Eindhoven on loan until the end of the season

Transfer news: Bryan Ruiz leaves Fulham to join Dutch side PSV Eindhoven on loan until the end of the season

Ruiz has fallen down the pecking order at Craven Cottage and returns to the Eredivisie

Bryan Ruiz has started just one match under Rene Meulensteen

Transfer news: Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz may cut losses and head to Real Betis

The Costa Rica international has fallen out of favour

Mario Mandzukic, an old-fashioned target man, celebrates his goal

Transfer news round-up: Mario Mandzukic linked with Manchester United and Arsenal; Salomon Kalou set for England return; Arsene Wenger 'looked into' signing Robert Lewandowski

A look at some of the more eye opening rumours from around the web as the transfer window hurtles on

Alan Pardew's Newcastle suffered a 2-1 defeat by Cardiff in the FA Cup third round

Transfer news: Newcastle begin search for new striker

Alan Pardew has admitted that reinforcements up front are his priority

Transfer news: Fulham hope to bring Clint Dempsey back with January loan from Seattle Sounders

Move could pave way for Bryan Ruiz exit

Steve McClaren has taken 19 points from 24 at Derby

Derby County manager Steve McClaren admits England scars

Pain of national team failure still hurts high-flying Derby manager but, he tells Richard Rae, it was part of a learning process

Steve McClaren has struggled to get jobs with English clubs

Steve McClaren appointed by Derby County: A look at the former England manager's recent career

McClaren has agreed a three-year deal at the County Ground

Steve McClaren is closing in on the Derby County managerial role

Former England manager Steve McClaren confirmed as successor to Nigel Clough at Derby County

Clough was surprisingly dismissed after defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday opening the door to McClaren appointment

Former Chelsea duo Roberto Di Matteo (L) and Gus Poyet (R) are the front-runners to take over

Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet have reservations over replacing Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland - potentially opening the door to Steve McClaren appointment

The former Chelsea duo are reluctant to take the high-risk role with the Black Cats currently bottom of the Premier League

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