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Wednesday 29 January 2014

De Jong completes loan move to Newcastle

Striker joins on loan until the end of the season while Yohan Cabaye leaves for PSG

Luuk de Jong has joined Newcastle United from Borussia Monchengladbach

Netherlands striker Luuk de Jong has completed his loan move to Newcastle United from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

The 23-year-old has moved to St James' Park until the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.

De Jong, who will wear the No 18 shirt, will be eligible to play in Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland. He joined Moenchengladbach in 2012 after a prolific spell at Twente, where he scored 45 goals in 86 appearances, and was part of the Netherlands squad for UEFA Euro 2012.

"I am really looking forward to playing for Newcastle"
Luuk de Jong

"Newcastle is a great club and I have a good feeling about it," De Jong told the club's website. "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. I am really looking forward to playing for Newcastle."

The news of De Jong's arrival comes as the club announced the departure of midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Paris St Germain for an undisclosed fee. He joined the club in 2011 and made 79 Barclays Premier League appearances, scoring 17 goals.

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Key Points

  • Newcastle United complete signing of striker Luuk de Jong
  • Netherlands international joins on loan until the end of the season
  • Magpies confirm the sale of midfielder Yohan Cabaye to PSG