Transfer News: Luuk De Jong remains hopeful of sealing a move to Newcastle
Luuk de Jong insists he has not given up hope over earning a permanent move to Newcastle despite his lack of goals.
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Last Updated: 10/04/14 1:23pm
The Dutch international has failed to score in his 10 appearances since his January loan switch from Borussia Monchengladbach.
But the 23-year-old remains hopeful he can earn a switch to St James' Park.
"I just want to improve my game every game," De Jong told the Shields Gazette.
"That's why I love being here. I hope to be important for the team, and after this season, I hope to stay.
"I like it (English football). It's more physical than Germany and Holland.
"It's how I like to play. There are a lot of aerial duels."
Newcastle are known to have been impressed with De Jong's commitment and work-rate and have refused to rule out another move for him.
Indeed, De Jong's older brother Siem is also on Newcastle's radar and both players could yet finalise moves to Tyneside.