Newcastle United loanee Luuk to face Sunderland

New Newcastle United signing Luuk de Jong.
New Newcastle United signing Luuk de Jong.
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LUUK de Jong is poised to make his Newcastle United debut against Sunderland on Saturday.

The Dutch striker, 23, has signed on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach until the end of the season, with the Magpies having an option to buy the player in the summer..

And de Jong – who has been handed the No.18 shirt after completing a medical yesterday – will train with his new team-mates for the first time todayw.

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

“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.”

Newcastle’s director of football, Joe Kinnear, said: “We’re delighted to bring Luuk de Jong to the club.

“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.”

H Norwich City are appealing the red card shown to Bradley Johnson for tangling with Loic Remy in Tuesday night’s goalless draw against United.

Remy was also dismissed for his part in the confrontation, and will miss the next three games through suspension. Newcastle will not appeal the red card shown by referee Chris Foy.