Newcastle United have a “deal in place” to sign Hoffenheim forward Joelinton, according to the Telegraph.
The Magpies have been linked with a move for the Brazilian forward for some time, as reported by the Chronicle, but it is understood that they could be on the cusp of wrapping up a deal for him.
The 22-year-old hit 11 goals in all competitions for the German side last season and can operate anywhere across the frontline, although he is usually deployed as centre forward.
This would finally be a bit of good news for the Magpies. A couple of signings aren’t going to make up for the shambolic summer that the club have put in up to this point, but they would certainly give them a fighting chance of staying up next term, and Joelinton looks like he could be a player who could make a real difference on Tyneside. 11 goals, including one in the Champions League, is a respectable return from the South American, but his game is about so much more than just scoring goals. 1.5 key passes per match, plus 1.7 successful dribbles, and a pass completion rate of 79.3% [Whoscored], shows that he has a lot more to his game than just finishing, and in that respect, it is easy to see who he could be viewed as a direct replacement for Ayoze Perez, who joined Leicester City earlier in the summer.
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