Magpies announce Joelinton deal

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Newcastle have confirmed they have completed the signing of forward Joelinton from Hoffenheim for an undisclosed club record fee.

Newcastle have confirmed they have completed the signing of forward Joelinton from Hoffenheim for an undisclosed club record fee.

The Magpies have been tracking the Brazilian for the last few weeks and it is thought they have paid £40million for his services.

Joelinton, who scored seven goals in 27 Bundesliga appearances for Hoffenheim, has signed a six-year contract at St James’ Park.

While he struggled to shine in Germany, he impressed during a two-year loan spell at Rapid Vienna, where he netted 15 goals in 60 games.

The 22-year-old has asked to wear the famous No.

9 Newcastle shirt and boss Steve Bruce is expecting him to hit the ground running.

He told the club’s official website: ‘The kid’s got an exciting time ahead of him.

He’s a smashing young player and we’re obviously delighted to get him.

It’s been going on for a little bit now, so to get him is great for everybody.

‘He’s got everything that a modern-day player wants.

He’s big, strong and athletic, and of course he’s got age on his side too which is vitally important.

‘He’s learned the history and wanted it (the number nine shirt), and that’s always a big shirt to fill.

But in his eyes, it was ‘bring it on – it’s what I’m here for’.

‘He’s risen to that challenge, and I’m sure he will be a big, big favourite of the supporters.

He’s got an incredible work-rate about him, he’s got a really good humility about him, and all the attributes a top striker needs.’

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