Newcastle United have signed PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum in a £14.5m deal.
Netherlands international Wijnaldum becomes the first arrival under head coach Steve McClaren.
The fee for the 24-year-old is the biggest single amount paid for a player during the eight-year reign of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
Rotterdam-born Wijnaldum, who has been at PSV since 2011, has signed a five-year contract at St James’ Park.
He has been capped 13 times by the Netherlands and scored his country’s third goal in their
to finish third at the 2014 World Cup finals.
“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” Wijnaldum said.
“I felt the time was right for me to move and the club have shown they really want me.
“There are a few players here who are from Holland – I know them well and they will help me feel at home at Newcastle. I cannot wait to get started.”
Wijnaldum is set to link up with McClaren’s squad for the three-game tour of the United States, which kicks-off against Mexican side Club Atlas in Wisconsin on 14 July.
McClaren said: “The signing is a real statement for the club.
“It is a big transfer for a very good player and I am delighted to have Gini here. He is the right age and the right fit for Newcastle.”
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