Newcastle United's Director of Football, Joe Kinnear, said:
"The need for us to strengthen up front was a priority and I have been working very hard to secure one of our targets in this position.
"I'm delighted to have secured Loic for the season. Now we have him I'm sure he'll be a huge success for us.
"I know he's hungry for goals and is absolutely committed to helping us achieve success this season."
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