Newcastle Sign Joelington for Club Record Fee

Newcastle United have announced the signing of the Hoffenheim striker Joelinton for a club-record fee, believed to be in the region of £40m.

“I’m really happy to be here,” Joelinton told the club’s official website after signing a six-year deal. “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.”

The 22-year-old Brazilian has been handed the No 9 shirt, leaving the Bundesliga club after four years – two of those spent on loan at Rapid Vienna.

“The kid’s got an exciting time ahead of him,” Steve Bruce, the Newcastle manager, said. “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,” Bruce added. “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.”

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