Finally out of the blocks after the most sluggish summer on record, Newcastle United have finally broken their duck this window with the big money signing of Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim, nearly doubling the amount spent on Miggy Almiron earlier this year.

The former Brazilian youth international has long been coveted by the club, but not so much by former manager Rafa Benitez who questioned whether he was worth the mooted £40m fee. Benitez would have preferred that the club had spent a proportion of that cash signing Salomon Rondon permanently, and we all know how that went.

22 years old and able to play as a striker and on the right, Joelinton scored 10 goals in 30 games for the German outfit. He’s renowned for his dribbling and has an eye for a long-range strike.

While any signing should be welcomed, we hope it’s the first of many this summer in a squad desperately in need of significant investment just to survive, let alone compete.

You can hear more about Steve Bruce’s first signing in our Transfer Video from Adam Widdrington.