On-loan Newcastle striker Luuk de Jong says that he wants to make his switch a permanent one at the end of the season.
The Dutch international became the Magpies’ only piece of January business as he arrived on a six-month basis from Borussia Monchengladbach after his first-team opportunities dried up.
Although he has failed to find the back of the net in his opening performances in the black and white shirt, he has looked bright and shown signs of a striking up a promising relationship with fellow loanee Loic Remy.
But unlike the Frenchman, de Jong has stated his intentions to remain at St James’ Park beyond the end of the current campaign:
“Of course, that is what I want,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“I want to show myself in the Premier League and Newcastle is a fantastic club, and it would be great for me to sign a long contract here.
“I really like it here, everyone is really helping me – when I came in, I knew a few players like Tim [Krul], Vernon [Anita] and Cheick Tiote from FC Twente – so it is nice they are here too.”
The 23-year-old has long been tipped to have a bright future, but a failed move from FC Twente to Monchengladbach has seen his development stall in recent years.