Newcastle sign Brazilian striker for €45m
Newcastle United have broken their transfer record for the second time this year with the £40 million (€45m) capture of Joelinton, in a move which will temporarily lift the mood around St James' Park.
The former Brazil U-17 international has agreed a six-year deal and becomes the first signing for Steve Bruce, the new manager.
The 22-year-old striker scored 11 goals in 35 appearances for Hoffenheim last season.
Newcastle hope the 6ft 1in Joelinton can prove a huge success after the departures of Salomon Rondon, on loan last season from West Bromwich Albion, and Ayoze Perez, who joined Leicester City this month for £30m.
The deal offers brief respite to Bruce, whose appointment has gone down badly with the majority of supporters.
Bruce said: "The kid's got an exciting time ahead of him. He's a smashing young player.
"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."
The fee surpasses the previous club record of £20m paid to Atlanta United for Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron in January.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan have been warned they are running out of time to secure a deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
United rejected a £54 million (€60m) bid from Inter for Lukaku last week, but with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicating he would want a replacement if the Belgian left, the club do not want to be left without time to recruit one.
With the Premier League transfer window closing a fortnight tomorrow, the clock is ticking for Inter to put together a package that might tempt United to sell Lukaku, whom they value at up to £90m. (© Daily Telegraph, London)