The Dutch striker joined the Magpies in January from German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, and now hopes his loan deal can be turned into a permanent one in the summer.

"Of course, that is what I want," he said.

"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."

De Jong is yet to find the back of the net for Newcastle, having started three games and appeared as a substitute in two others.

But the 23-year-old hasn't let that fact effect his confidence, and is happy with the level of dedication he's shown in his recent performances.

"It is always getting closer, I want to score goals like every player," the Dutchman continued.