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Newcastle confirm their first summer signing

NEWLY SIGNED: Christian Atsu

NEWCASTLE UNITED have confirmed the permanent signing of Christian Atsu from Chelsea.

The 25-year-old Ghana international spent last season on loan at St. James' Park, making 32 league appearances and scoring five goals as Rafa Benítez's side lifted the Sky Bet Championship title.

The Magpies have now exercised an option to sign him fee understood to be £6.2 million and the winger has penned a four-year deal.

Manager Benítez said: "We are happy to sign a good player. "He's shown us that he's a good professional and someone who is very keen to learn and improve.

"Christian has been a key part of our promotion campaign and he wants to help us to build something for the future."

Atsu joined Chelsea from Porto in 2013, but leaves the recently crowned Premier League champions having never made an appearance for the club.

Atsu, capped 42 times by Ghana, has spent time on loan at Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga.

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