Newcastle United's new signing Shefki Kuqi promises full commitment

Ex-Finnish international reveals interest from other clubs
Shefki Kuqi is relishing the chance at Newcastle United after completing his surprise signing on Thursday.

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."

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