Newcastle completes De Jong loan capture

The former Twente striker failed to make an impact in the Bundesliga since joining Gladbach in 2012, but is "looking forward" to getting his career back on track

Newcastle United has completed the loan signing of Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong until the end of the season.

Alan Pardew is a long-term admirer of the Netherlands international, and was reportedly close to sealing a deal in 2012 when De Jong was still at previous club Twente.

The 23-year-old made the switch to the Bundesliga high-flyers in July 2012, after scoring 25 goals in 31 Eredivisie appearances in the previous campaign.

But De Jong has been unable to replicate that form in Germany's top flight, and all 13 of his appearances in the Bundesliga this season have come from the substitutes bench.

Newcastle is now giving the forward the chance to resurrect his career in the Premier League, and he will link up with Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse and Shola and Sammy Ameobi.

“Newcastle is a great club and I have a good feeling about it,” De Jong said in a statement.

“I am very impressed with the stadium and training ground and have been made to feel very welcome by everyone I have met.

“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.

He will wear the No. 18 shirt and is eligible to make his debut in the Tyne-Wear derby against rival Sunderland on Saturday.

The Magpies announced the deal for De Jong shortly after Yoan Cabaye was officially announced as a Paris Saint-Germain player.

Pardew could further bolster his ranks before the close of the transfer window on Friday, with Newcastle rumored to be interested in a deal for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier.