LUUK de Jong can “resurrect” his career at Newcastle United, according to Alan Pardew.
The striker is set to complete a half-season loan move from Borussia Monchengladbach today.
De Jong left Dutch side FC Twente 18 months ago, but he has struggled for form and this season in the Bundesliga and has found himself on the bench.
But United manager Pardew feels the Holland international can get back up and running – at St James’s Park.
De Jong’s could even be involved in Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland with leading scorer Loic Remy suspended after his dismissal in last night’s goalless draw against Norwich City.
“He’s someone we’re really hoping resurrect his career, really,” Pardew said.
“In Germany, it’s stalled a little bit after a big move. Hopefully, we can bring him alive.”
De Jong flew into Tyneside yesterday and will undergo a medical today before completing the formalities of the loan deal, which is with a view to a permanent move to Newcastle.
The 23-year-old said: “I just want to play again.”