20-year-old Chancel Mbemba has become Newcastle United's third summer signing, after completing the switch from Anderlecht.The DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on Tyneside.
The club announced the signing after receiving a Governing Body Endoresment for the player at an FA hearing held earlier today. The player is now required to apply for his visa overseas before he is able to rejoin his new teammates in Newcastle next week.
"I'm very, very happy to be here. This is the biggest league in the world and I'm very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.
“I'm going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my team-mates and to bring something extra to the team.
"I know the team very well. I've watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.
“I've come here to Newcastle United because it's a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead."
"We are delighted that Chancel is now a Newcastle United player after it took a little longer than we had hoped.
“He is a proven performer at the highest level, he’s powerful, combative and will add quality to our defence. He also has an eye for goal which is an extra asset for us.
"We'll get him integrated into the squad quickly once he's with us. Unfortunately due to the time it takes to process the visa application that won’t be in time for our final friendly on Saturday, but our focus will be to make sure he will be ready and available as soon as possible.
"I'm sure our supporters will take to him very quickly, he's the sort of player fans will enjoy watching."
Born in Kinshasa, Mbemba played youth football for a number of local sides in his homeland before joining Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2011.
After rising through the ranks at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, he became a first-team regular and played a key role in Anderlecht being crowned Belgian Pro League champions in 2014, as well as lifting back-to-back Belgian Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.
He played in all six of Anderlecht’s group stage games in the Champions League last season, scoring both goals in their 2-0 home win over Galatasaray in November 2014.
Newcastle United's newest signing, Aleksandar Mitrovic has said he is "very happy, proud and excited" to be joining the team.
Speaking to nufcTV, Mitrovic said he grew up supporting the Magpies and loved pulling on the famous black and white striped shirt with his surname on the back.
I am also a fan of Newcastle, I follow Newcastle and I am very proud to be here.
For me, Newcastle is the best club to make progress, to play here with these amazing fans.
I have been to the stadium and it was amazing. The atmosphere looks amazing on the television and I cannot wait for my first game.
Mitrovic is the fourth biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.
Find out more about the fourth most expensive signing in Newcastle United's history.Read the full story ›
Newcastle have completed the signing of Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, subject to the player receiving a visa, the club have announced.
Newcastle have reportedly paid £13 million for the 20-year-old Serbian international, who joins on a five-year deal.
The Magpies have said it is the fourth-biggest transfer in the club's history after Michael Owen, Alan Shearer and fellow new joiner Georginio Wijnaldum.
Newcastle United's first summer signing has been speaking to the media today. Former PSV Eindhoven player Georginio Wijnaldum has signed for more than 14 million pounds, a price head coach Steve McClaren says is inevitable for a quality player.
New NUFC signing Georginio Wijnaldum has this message for fans:
Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren says the club has paid for quality with new midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. He says he's had his eye on the former PSV Eindhoven player for a long time. See the interview here:
Newcastle's newest and third most expensive signing, Georginio Wijnaldum, has said he is very pleased to be making the move to St James Park and that he hopes he can help the club to a "higher level".
The 24-year-old has told ITV News Tyne Tees, that speaking to Steve McClaren on the phone helped him decide to make the move to Tyneside.
Speaking after making his first signing as Newcastle United boss, Steve McClaren has told ITV News Tyne Tees he has considered Georginio Wijnaldum a target for some time.
The 24 year-old moves to St. James' Park on a five-year deal and is the third highest transfer fee in the Club's history, after Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.
- Hear more from Steve McClaren and Georginio Wijnaldum at 6pm tonight, July 11 on ITV.
Georginio Wijnaldum has become the third most expensive signing in Newcastle's history after putting pen to paper on five-year deal.
The 24-year-old Holland international midfielder completed his move from PSV Eindhoven on Saturday morning for a fee understood to be in the region of 20 million euros, around £14.4million.
Wijnaldum said: "I'm delighted to be a Newcastle United player.I felt the time was right for me to move and the Club have shown they really want me, so I'm very happy to be here."