Newcastle United have made their first signing of the summer by bringing in Brazilian striker Joelinton from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for a club record £40m fee. The Brazilian forward becomes Steve Bruce's first signing as head coach, who replaced Rafael Benitez this month.
The 22-year-old striker has put pen to paper on a six-year deal with the Magpies which will keep him at St. James’ Park until the summer of 2025.
The Brazilian frontman will wear the coveted number nine shirt for Newcastle which was worn by the Premier League's all-time leading goalscorer, Alan Shearer.
Born in the Brazilian city of Aliança, Joelinton started his football career at Sport Recife in his homeland, making his first team debut at the age of 16 and scoring 3 times in 12 outings before his move to Hoffenheim in June 2015.
After joining 1899 Hoffenheim at the age of 18, he played two years on loan for Austrian side Rapid Vienna, netting 21 goals in 79 appearances for the Green-Whites. Joelinton also has international experience with Brazil after earning four caps for the under-17 national team, scoring twice.
The Brazilian scored 11 goals in 35 games in all competitions for Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim last season, who finished 9th in Germany's top tier.
Finished 13th last season, Newcastle United continue their preparations for their Premier League opener at home against Arsenal next month with a pre-season friendly match against Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday.