Hamburg midfielder Nigel de Jong is in talks with Newcastle United.

The Sun says Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan wants to strengthen his squad - and Hamburg's De Jong, who starred for the Dutch at Euro 2008, fits the bill.

The German outfit, managed by former Tottenham boss Martin Jol, are keen to do the deal with the Toon as long as personal terms can be agreed.

Ex-Ajax ace De Jong is 23 and has already won 26 international caps. He can play as either a defensive midfielder or right wing-back.