Newcastle United round-up: Mitrovic signs, while three more internationals are lined up

A round-up of the latest news from St James's Park, after the club welcome a new striker to their squad, and continue to pursue further signings.

Newcastle completed their second summer signing today with the arrival of powerful Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht, for a fee the Chronicle report to be as high as £13 million.

Although he is just 20, Mitrovic has scored plenty of goals in Belgium, and has arrived on a five-year deal which will be done and dusted once he receives the appropriate visa, something that shouldn't be a problem for the international forward.

Speaking to the club's website, the attacker expressed his delight at moving to St James's Park, and name dropped the perfect Toon hero as his idol as a youngster.

"I am so happy to have signed for Newcastle," he said.

"I know about the famous players who have played for Newcastle United, like Alan Shearer, who is a hero of mine. I hope I can play like him for this Club. It will be an honour."

The Chronicle also go on to say that the Magpies are eager to continue their recruitment by continuing their pursuit of Mitrovic's Anderlecht teammate Chancel Mbemba, as well as going back in for Marseille star Florian Thauvin.

The France international has been linked with the club all summer, with Marseille trying hard to dispel any rumours that he will leave, but the report says Steve McClaren and the club remain in dialogue with the player's representatives.

One Frenchman who may not be at St James's Park next season is highly rated reserve midfielder Oliver Kemen, whose agent is said to be in talks with Milan about a switch this summer according to L'Equipe.

And finally, continuing the links to those associated with French football, Newcastle are battling West Ham for the signature of Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, who the Brentwood Gazette say would command a fee of £15 million.

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