Newcastle sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim in £40m club-record deal

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JULY 23: New signing Joelinton poses for a photograph pitch side with Head Coach Steve Bruce during a photoshoot at St.James' Park on July 23, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Joelinton;Steve Bruce
Image: Joelinton becomes Newcastle's first signing of the summer window

Newcastle have signed Joelinton for a club-record £40m from Hoffenheim on a six-year deal.

Joelinton's arrival at St James' Park sees Newcastle break their transfer record for the second time in seven months, with the fee for the 22-year-old striker surpassing the £21m the club paid for Miguel Almiron in January.

The deal also represents a record sale for Hoffenheim, surpassing the £29m they received from Liverpool for forward Roberto Firmino in 2015.

"I'm really happy to be here," Joelinton said, who will wear the club's No 9 shirt. "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 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.

Joelinton of Hoffenheim applauds the fans after the Champions League Group F match against Manchester City on December 12, 2018
Image: The 22-year-old is Steve Bruce's first signing as head coach

"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.

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"He's learned the history and wanted it (the No 9 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."

Joelinton of Hoffenheim is a target for Newcastle
Image: Joelinton will wear the No 9 shirt for Newcastle

Joelinton, who has been capped at U17 level by Brazil, could play in Newcastle's pre-season friendly at Preston on Saturday. He scored 11 goals in 35 appearances for Bundesliga club Hoffenheim in all competitions last season.

The 22-year-old becomes Bruce's first signing as Newcastle head coach and will bolster the club's forward options following the departures of Ayoze Perez and Joselu to Leicester and Deportivo respectively.

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