Magpies make Krafth-ty move

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Steve Bruce has spoken of the 'huge challenge' ahead after being appointed as Newcastle United's new head coach on a three-year deal.

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of right-back Emil Krafth from Ligue 1 side Amiens on an initial four-year contract.

With USA international DeAndre Yedlin and Spaniard Javier Manquillo coming under criticism last season, new boss Steve Bruce was eager to strengthen his full-back options and he has managed to acquire the services of Sweden international Krafth.

Newcastle, who open their Premier League season at home to Arsenal on Sunday, have reportedly spent £5million to land the right-back, who has signed an initial four-year deal at St James’ Park.

The 25-year-old defender will be getting his first taste of English football, having spent his senior career in Sweden, Italy and France, but he arrives in the north east with a glowing reputation.

Krafth was a standout performer for Amiens last season, making 35 league appearances on loan from Bologna, and the French outfit decided to take up the option to sign him permanently.

However, the Swede will now be plying his trade with Newcastle after completing his move and he is looking forward to the new chapter in his career.

Speaking to NUFC TV, he said: “It feels really good. It’s been a busy couple of days, but finally I’m here. I’m very happy to sign for Newcastle and I can’t wait to start training with the guys.

“It’s a good moment in my career to take a step forward. The plans Newcastle had for me, I felt like they were fitting me perfectly, so that was why I chose Newcastle.”

Krafth is in line to be handed his debut in Sunday’s clash with the Gunners although Bruce may decide to give the latest signing more time to adapt to his new surroundings.

The right-back is the fourth new arrival at St James’ Park this summer, joining club-record signing Joelinton, winger Allan Saint-Maximin and left-back Jetro Willems at the club.

Newcastle’s business on deadline day may not be done following reports the club are looking into the possibility of re-signing Andy Carroll.

The England international is a free agent after leaving West Ham United this summer and Bruce is said to be a big fan.

Carroll played for the Magpies from 2006-2011 before Liverpool forked out £35million to acquire his services in January 2011.

The striker, who scored 30 goals for Newcastle, is said to be keen on returning to his boyhood club and a deal could be wrapped up in the coming days.

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