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Soccer-Newcastle sign striker De Jong on loan until end of season

Reuters

LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Borussia Moenchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong has joined Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Newcastle said they have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season and that the 23-year-old is eligible to make his debut in Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland.

"Newcastle is a great club and I have a good feeling about it," De Jong, who has seven caps for the Netherlands, said on the club website (www.nufc.co.uk).

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

The Dutchman joined Gladbach from Dutch side Twente in 2012 for a reported club record 12 million euros ($16.41 million) but failed to deliver.

This season he dropped down the pecking order with the arrival of Raffael and Germany international Max Kruse and has not started any league game.

"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 added. (Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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