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The Tyneside club have confirmed a deal to bring Luuk de Jong to St James’ Park on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Luuk De Jong


The disappointment of losing Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain will be evident in Newcastle fans for the foreseeable future, but it appears that a number of deals are in the offing for Alan Pardew’s men before the transfer window closes.

The first new face confirmed as a Newcastle player for the rest of the season is Luuk de Jong, who has signed for the North East club from Borussia Monchengladbach.

The seven-times capped Netherlands international arrives with a good reputation from his time back in the Eredivisie with Twente, where he won a domestic title in 2009-10.

Since moving to the Bundesliga in July 2012, De Jong has struggled to make an impact and has largely been on the sidelines for Lucien Favre’s men this term.

The Dutch forward has not started a game in Germany this season, making 13 appearances from the bench and failing to score in 2013-14.

De Jong admitted he was looking forward to a new challenge and the potential for more time on the pitch.

“It has been a tough season for me so far but I am here to play games and want to be important for the team, and successful with goals and assists,” the new number 18 said.

“I am really looking forward to playing for Newcastle.”

De Jong can be expected to be rusty after his lack of action this term, and will compete with the likes of Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi for a place in Pardew’s team.

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