Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk De Jong his top target ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports from The Metro.

The Magpies chief is believed to be desperate to provide loan ace Loic Remy with adequate support for the latter half of the season, after witnessing Papiss Cisse’s dramatic dip in form, and is ready to delve into the market next month.

Pardew has been linked with a number of players, but it is thought that he has now settled on unsettled Monchengladbach star De Jong to boost his options.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga club for some time, and recently confirmed that he is ready to discuss a potential exit with his club ahead of the New Year.

“I am planning on putting my advisers and my father together with people at Gladbach and we’ll see what happens after that,” he said.

“We need to sort things out.

“A transfer? Things can happen very quickly.”

Rumours suggest that the German side will be open to selling their front-man for around £6m, a figure that Newcastle are thought to be willing to offer after not investing in a permanent transfer for a notable player over the summer.

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