The Magpies had tied up just one summer signing having landed loan goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague on a permanent basis, but they brought in a new face on Friday.
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng penned a two-year deal with Newcastle on Friday evening, making an immediate return to the Premier League having suffered relegation with Swansea City.
The South Korea international, who has been performing at this summer's World Cup, decided to leave the Swans with his contract expiring, and has now decided to reunite with former teammate Jonjo Shelvey at St. James' Park.
Ki represents a smart piece of business for Newcastle, and The Chronicle now report that the midfielder actually snubbed interest from a host of other clubs in order to head to Tyneside.
It's claimed that Premier League rivals Everton and West Ham United – as well as Italian side AC Milan – all wanted to sign Ki, but he turned all three down in favour of Newcastle.
If that really is the case, then Newcastle's move for Ki looks even better, and proves that the Magpies really can compete with their Premier League rivals in the transfer market, with manager Benitez no doubt a huge part of Ki's decision to make the move to the North East.
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