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Newcastle United complete club record signing of Brazilian forward Joelinton

Newcastle have completed the club record signing of Brazilian forward Joelinton for around £36million.

The 22-year-old joins from German side Hoffenheim, for whom he scored 11 goals in 33 appearances last season, and has signed a six-year deal.

Seen as the club’s replacement for the departed Salomon Rondon, the 6ft 1ins forward becomes Steve Bruce’s first new signing of his Magpies tenure and replaces fellow South American Miguel Almiron as the club’s record buy.

Joelinton – who has taken Rondon’s old No.9 shirt at St James’ Park – came through the ranks at Brazilian side Sport Recife before joining Hoffenheim in the summer of 2015.

After a year of getting used to his surroundings, he embarked on back-to-back loan spells with Austria’s Rapid Vienna, during which he scored 21 goals in 79 games.

His return to Hoffenheim last summer led to him becoming a regular in the side, and he’ll now look to follow in the footsteps of forwards such as ex-Magpie Demba Ba and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino who have left the south-west German side and go on to succeed in the Premier League.

“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.”

New Magpies boss 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.”

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