Newcastle to smash transfer record in £40m deal for Brazilian

Joe Williams

Hoffenheim’s Brazilian forward Joelinton is due to become Steve Bruce’s first signing of the summer as Newcastle United prepare to break their transfer record.

The forward is understood to be currently undergoing a medical on Tyneside as the Magpies look to fill the void left by the departures of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez.

Joelinton scored 11 goals and provided 9 assists from his 33 appearances in all competitions last season.

The projected £40m fee for the 22-year-old will almost double Newcastle’s previous transfer fee record when they captured the signature of playmaker Miguel Almiron for £21 million in January.

Former boss Rafael Benitez, who left the club recently, was reported to not be keen on the prospect of signing the Brazilian.