Newcastle are making moves in the transfer market after signing Swiss defender Fabian Schar while agreeing on a £9.5m fee for Japan striker Yoshinori Muto.
Schar has joined the Magpies on a three-year deal for a fee of £3m and becomes the fourth signing of the summer after Martin Dubravka, Ki-Sung Yeung and the loan move for Kenedy.
The 26-year-old played 25 games for Deportivo La Coruna last season before lining up for Switzerland in the World Cup in Russia this summer.
“I’m really happy to be here. The club is a really big club for me. It has a big name, and it is a brilliant chance for me,” Schar told the club’s website.
“I’m not like a typical defender. I, of course, defend, but I’m quite good with the ball – I like to play, I want to build up the game from behind, and I think that is a strength of mine. I have also scored some headers – that could also be a strength and hopefully I can use it here.
“I hope to start training with the team soon, and I’m looking forward to everything that’s coming. At the moment, I just want to get started.”
Rafa Benitez is also looking to strengthen his attacking options with a deal in place with German side Mainz for Japan international Muto to move to Tyneside.
Talks are still ongoing to sell Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, with Newcastle wanting £18m for the Serbian striker, and Benitez has already lined up Muto as a replacement in the forward department.