Newcastle Complete Club-Record Signing Of Brazilian Striker Joelinton
Newcastle have shattered their transfer record with the stunning capture of Brazilian striker Joelinton.
The Magpies dropped a teaser video at 5pm UK time before making the announcement official at 6pm.
The ex-Hoffenheim player, 22, has signed a six-year deal that will keep him at St James' Park until 2025.
Joelinton has become the first summer signing under Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, who succeeded Rafa Benitez last week.
Newcastle have revealed that the striker will wear the number nine shirt and could feature in the club's pre-season match against Preston North End on Saturday.
The deal for the Brazilian eclipses the £20m splashed out on Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United in January.
Newcastle have not revealed the full fee, but the club have reportedly spent £40m to land their marquee summer signing.
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"I'm really happy to be here," the Newcastle new boy said.
"I know it's a large investment that the club has made in me, and that comes with a huge responsibility.
"I'm highly motivated and hope to give back on the pitch."
Bruce, 58, also shared his excitement about bringing Joelinton to St James' Park.
"The kid's got an exciting time ahead of him. He's a smashing young player and we're obviously delighted to get him," the former Sunderland boss said.
"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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