Newcastle have completed the signing of Brazilian Joelinton for a club record £40million on a six-year deal.
The striker, 22, is the first signing under Steve Bruce’s management at Newcastle.
He will sport the iconic No.9 jersey at Newcastle which has been worn by the likes of Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole.
Joelinton, who scored eleven goals in 35 appearances last season joins from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.
The deal smashes the previous record fee of £21.6m the Magpies paid for Paraguay international Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United in January.
On completing his move to St James’ Park, Joelinton said: “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.”
Newcastle boss Bruce said: “The kid has got an exciting time ahead of him.
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“He is a smashing young player and we are obviously delighted to get him. It is been going on for a little bit now, so to get him is great for everybody.
“He has got everything that a modern-day player wants. He is big, strong and athletic, and of course he’s got age on his side too which is vitally important.”
Joelinton has already earned comparisons with Liverpool star Roberto Firmino as both players are Brazilian forwards who came to England from Hoffenheim.
The Newcastle man began his career with Brazilian side Sport Recife before moving to Germany in 2015. He played for Austrian side Rapid Vienna for two years on loan (2016-18).