Maybe not the most straightforward of transfers….but Aleksandar Mitrovic is now officially a Newcastle United player.

A medical yesterday and a photo of Mitrovic in black and white circulated on Monday night, with it only left to the club to make it official.

Official club statement below, released on Tuesday morning – Aleksandar Mitrovice signs for Newcastle United.

Mitrovic Joins Magpies

Anderlecht striker completes Newcastle move

Newcastle United have completed the signing of striker Aleksandar Mitrović, subject to the player receiving the appropriate visa.

The 20-year-old Serbian international arrives from Anderlecht and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at St. James’ Park which is the fourth biggest transfer in the Club’s history.

Mitrović came through the ranks at Partizan Belgrade before making his debut for their affiliated side Teleoptik.

The summer of 2012 saw the front man sign his first professional contract with Partizan and made his goalscoring bow in a Champions League qualifier against Maltese side Valletta, a competition in which he has gained extensive experience over the past three seasons.

Mitrović finished the season as Partizan’s top goalscorer, helping his team to the Serbian SuperLiga title.

In August 2013, Mitrović moved to Belgium to join Anderlecht and scored 44 goals in 90 appearances across two seasons at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.

Mitrović’s performances for Serbia in the 2013 UEFA Under-19 Championship inspired his country to victory and earned him the title of player of the tournament.  The forward has now earned thirteen senior caps for his country.

Speaking of his arrival at Newcastle United, he said:

“I am so happy to have signed for Newcastle.  I visited the stadium yesterday and it’s amazing.  I have played in a lot of impressive stadiums in my career but St. James’ Park is so big, I can’t wait to play my first game here.

“I know how passionate the fans are.  This is a club with a very big history and the fans are a big part of that.  There will be pressure here, for sure, but I like pressure.

“I also know about the famous players who have played for Newcastle United, like Alan Shearer who is a hero of mine.  I hope I can play like him for this club.  It will be an honour.”

Newcastle United Head Coach Steve McClaren added:

“I think this is a fantastic signing for us. We’ve fought off a lot of competition to secure a top young talent in Europe.

“Aleksandar is someone who can develop with the team and someone who will help us to get to where we want to go.

“As a Board we have worked hard to make it happen. It’s another demonstration that we are wanting to push on.”

Click HERE to see quality video footage of Mitrovic in action.

  • bang on

    has some one nicked fat man’s bankcard and pin

  • BearNUFC

    Defenders needed now please! looks like a quality player this lad, worries me we kept talking about Perez only being young and hes older….. a lot of weight rests on their young shoulders this season. Hopefully we can bring Austin in for a bit more experience, seems like we’ve got a lot of goalscoring/creative talent in the squad now with Wijnaldum, De Jong, Aarons, Perez, Mitrovic and Sissoko, just need to sure up the defence, Mbemba would be a good start.

  • Jimmywayhay

    Great video !

  • AndrewCowley1

    Great stuff from the club,keep it going and we can get excited!

  • wor monga

    It’s a rare combination of factors which allow any young player
    to be so consistently good playing at the highest level, and Mitrovic ticks all
    the right boxes…

    …you can tell from the videos how he is the focal point for his
    team’s forward movement, and then the one they are looking for in the box…

    …2 more years in Belgium, and he’d be way out of our league
    pricewise, Roma, Porto, and Chelsea know that…

    …the thing is now we need to bring
    in another striker to play off him (or get Cisse back to his best, and keep him 100% fit for a season)…that’s
    the challenge now for Charnley, Mac, and the coaches!!

  • shadsdad

    At last some cause for optimism! Lets hope for one or two capable defenders now!