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De Jong joins Newcastle on loan

Newcastle, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Newcastle added forward Luuk de Jong on loan from Monchengladbach on Wednesday, increasing the attacking options for manager Alan Pardew.

De Jong was a target of Newcastle in 2012 while he was still at Twente, but Pardew has finally gotten his man with the Netherlands international joining the Magpies for the remainder of the season and the club holding an option to make the switch permanent.

"Newcastle is a great club and I have a good feeling about it," De Jong said. "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."

De Jong moved to Monchengladbach in July 2012 following a season in which he tallied 25 goals in 31 Eredivisie matches for Twente.

But the 23-year-old has struggled to find his form in Germany and has not made a start for Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga this season, making 13 appearances as a substitute.

De Jong will hope for more opportunities in the Premier League and he joins a group of forwards at Newcastle that includes Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi.