Newcastle have confirmed they have completed the signing of Netherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.
Goal understands that the Magpies agreed a fee of £13 million for the midfielder, with club director Lee Charnley working to broker the deal during the week.
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren confirmed on Thursday that the club were closing in on the 24-year-old, and the deal has now been confirmed by the club, with Wijnaldum signing a five-year deal.
“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” he told the club’s official website.
“I felt the time was right for me to move and the Club have shown they really want me, so I’m very happy to be here.
“There’s a few players here who are from Holland – I know them well and they will help me feel at home in Newcastle.
“I know the club has a great stadium with great fans. I want to play here as soon as possible – I want to feel the atmosphere and hear the crowd. I cannot wait to get started.”
Wijnaldum made 44 appearances in all competitions in 2014-15, scoring 18 goals.