German international striker Max Kruse is being linked with a move to Newcastle United in the January transfer window. Kruse, 26, plays for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Moenchengladbach and has impressed since arriving there from SC Freiburg – Papiss Cisse’s old club –, scoring 17 goals in 43 league games. His form earned a call-up to Joachim Low’s national side in 2013 and the forward has netted once in ten games for his country. According to reports, Kruse could be available for around £9m and should the transfer go through, Newcastle will be hoping the signing works out better than the last man they signed from the same club, Luuk de Jong. The Dutch striker failed to score in a six-month loan spell at St James’ Park but has since rediscovered his touch at new club PSV Eindhoven and is back in the Netherlands squad.