Newcastle have confirmed that Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk De Jong has joined the club on loan for the rest of the season.
The Tyneside club confirmed the capture of the Dutch international by way of an announcement on its official website which read: "The 23-year-old arrives at St. James' Park from Borussia Monchengladbach on loan to the end of the season, with an option to make the move permanent."
De Jong will wear the Magpies' number 18 shirt and is eligible to make his debut in Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland.
Newcastle's Director of Football, Joe Kinnear, also commented on the signing and expressed his delight to have finally gotten his man.
"We're delighted to bring Luuk de Jong to the Club," Kinnear said.
"He has an excellent pedigree and will add significantly to our striking options."We've been watching him for a little while now and I am sure he will prove to be a valuable acquisition for us."He's a great character and a proven goalscorer who I know is very keen to replicate the prolific form he showed for FC Twente in the Eredivisie."
The deal quickly follows the news that star midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been sold to French champions PSG for a fee of around £23million. The club had been hoping to keep hold of their prized asset but were unable to do so having made a prior agreement to allow him to leave this month if he wanted to.
Newcastle are now chasing a replacement for the departed Frenchman and many sources claim Newcastle have already had a bid rejected for Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier.
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