Ex-Finnish international reveals interest from other clubs
The experienced striker has signed for Alan Pardew's side on a short-term deal after cancelling his contract with Swansea City last month due to the lack of games he played.
The ex-Finnish international revealed he had many options available to him but opted for Newcastle when he heard of the interest.
"Not just for me, but for any footballer it is a dream club to play for," he told the club's official site.
"It all came about quite quickly. As people know, I cancelled my contract with Swansea and had some other options," he continued.
"But then I heard this might be an opportunity, so as soon as I heard that I wanted everything else to just get pushed aside and wait for what was going to happen with this. And everything happened so quickly.
"Yesterday my sat nav took me a little bit the wrong way, so it took me quite a while to drive here from Swansea. Normally if that happens to me - if I get lost or miss a turning - I get very annoyed, but yesterday I was really cool and calm because I knew I was coming here.
"You just need to look at the stadium and the crowd, and that tells you everything. It's got everything that goes with a big club."
With Andy Carroll recently joining Liverpool and Shola Ameobi recently fracturing a cheekbone Kuqi has been drafted in to give Pardew more attacking options.
Although the 34-year-old had cancelled his contract with Swansea, he continued to train with the Welsh side and as a result his fitness is at the neccessary level.
"It's clear for me and the manager, and I hope everybody else gets the same message," said Kuqi.
"I've come here to help the club as much as I can. I've played in the Premier League before and had good spells there with Blackburn and Fulham, so it's a league I know all about.
"Over however many games I play I'm not going to promise anything, but I will give 110 per cent every minute I play.
"As a player you just need one split second. Maybe as a centre-forward you get in the team and in that split second you get a goal which changes everything. I have to work hard and if an opportunity comes along then I want to be ready."