Newcastle United official statement announces new club record signing – Joelinton
Joelinton has been announced by Newcastle United.
The 69th day of the 2019 summer transfer window seeing Mike Ashley allow the club to make their first signing, only 16 days before the window closes and two and a half weeks before the Premier League season starts.
As usual, Ashley has gone with ‘undisclosed fee’ but at the same time confirms Joelinton is the new ‘club record signing’, Miguel Almiron having broken the NUFC record after 14 years in January, an eventual £21m reportedly to be paid to Atlanta United.
As for Joelinton, his transfer fee has been reported as anything between £30m and £57m according to the various media claims.
What is not in doubt is that the 22 year old needs to hit the ground running if Newcastle United are not to be instantly under pressure when the season kicks off.
The striker was spotted by fans and photographed at St James Park on Tuesday lunchtime (see below), ahead of the formal announcement on Tuesday night.
Newcastle United official statement:
Magpies confirm club record signing
Newcastle United have completed the permanent signing of forward Joelinton from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed club record fee.
The 22-year-old becomes the Magpies’ first signing of the summer, putting pen to paper on a six-year deal which will keep him at St. James’ Park until the summer of 2025.
The Brazilian frontman will wear the coveted number nine shirt for United, and could make his bow for the club in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Preston North End.
Joelinton began his career at Sport Recife in his homeland, making his first team debut at the age of 16 and netting three times in 12 outings before his move to the Bundesliga in June 2015.
A year after joining Hoffenheim, he joined Rapid Wien on loan for two seasons, where he went on to net 21 goals in 79 appearances during a productive spell in the Austrian capital.
On his return to the PreZero Arena, Joelinton established himself in the German side’s attack, where his 11 goals in 35 games – including one in the Champions League, against Lyon – helped Hoffenheim secure a ninth-placed finish last term.
“I’m really happy to be here,” said Joelinton. “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.”
Head coach Steve Bruce added: “The kid’s got an exciting time ahead of him. 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.
“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.”
The Mag – Earlier today (Tuesday 23 July 2019):
Last Thursday, German media said that they understood that Joelinton was set to be announced as a Newcastle United player.
However, with the squad still away in China as well as Head Coach and media staff, it maybe always looked a little premature.
The much talked about potential signing had dragged on for some time but the smart money said that whilst the deal may indeed have been finalised last week, it wouldn’t be announced until this week when staff would be back in place.
Especially those NUFC media staff whose job it would be to push out the message that at last the club had made a signing…
Tuesday afternoon has now seen eagle eyed Newcastle fans visiting St James Park, spotting the Hoffenheim striker, ahead of his imminent signing.
Sky Sports had already reported that Joelinton was taking his medical.
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