Newcastle United have confirmed the loan signing of Luuk de Jong from Borussia Moenchengladbach until the end of the season.
The Holland international, 23, could put pen to paper on a permanent deal at St James’ Park in the summer.
De Jong, who has been assigned the No. 18 shirt, could make his Magpies debut in the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland on Saturday.
The 23-year-old joined Moenchengladbach in a deal worth €15 million in July 2012 but has failed to live up to the reputation he established at Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente from 2009 to 2012.
“Newcastle is a great club and I have a good feeling about it,” de Jong told the club’s official website, 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.
“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.”
De Jong has failed to score in 14 appearances, albeit zero starts, in all competitions for Moenchengladbach this season.
Sam Johnstone inks Man Utd contract extension
England youth international goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal at Manchester United.
Johnstone, 20, has represented England at the Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 levels and is currently a regular starter for the Red Devils’ Under-21s.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper, who won the FA Youth Cup with United in 2011, has spent time on loan at Scunthorpe United and Walsall.
Sassuolo complete Sanabria capture
U.S. Sassuolo Calcio have completed the signing of highly-rated youth starlet Antonio Sanabria from F.C. Barcelona for a reported fee of €12 million.
The Paraguay international, 17, will spend six months on loan at the Stadio Città del Tricolore before joining A.S. Roma next season.
Roma — priced at 13/2 to win the Serie A this season — could not register Sanabria in 2013/14 after agreeing deals for Gervinho and Maicon, who do not hold EU passports, in the summer.
Note: Italian clubs can only sign two players from a foreign country outside the EU per season.
“Of this sum, €4.5m are guaranteed, while the rest are tied to the player’s performances and his future market value.
“The contacts for Sanabria’s transfer began with Roma, then the Italian club put Barcelona and Sassuolo in contact to finally conclude the operation.”
Sanabria tallied three goals in 10 league appearances for Barcelona B this season.