Sunday 25 August 2019

Newcastle sign highly-rated Brazilian forward Joelinton in club-record deal

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce with new signing Joelinton. Image credit: Newcastle United.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce with new signing Joelinton. Image credit: Newcastle United. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Brazilian forward Joelinton from Hoffenheim.

Joelinton, 22, has agreed a six-year deal and moves to St James' Park for a reported club-record £40million.

The Brazilian, capped at Under-17 level, scored 11 goals in 35 appearances for Hoffenheim last season and becomes the first arrival following the appointment of new Newcastle manager Steve Bruce.

Joelinton is set to wear the number nine shirt and will help offset the departures of Ayoze Perez and Joselu.

The Brazilian said on the Newcastle website: "I'm really happy to be here. 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."

Joelinton started his career in Brazil with Sport Recife, where he made a first-team debut aged 16.

Following a move to Germany during June 2015, the forward spent two seasons on loan at Austrian side Rapid Vienna, where he scored 21 goals in 79 appearances.

Newcastle boss Bruce said: "The kid's got an exciting time ahead of him. He's a smashing young player and we are 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."

Bruce added: "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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