Newcastle COMPLETE £8m Signing Of Chancel Mbemba On Five-Year Deal

The Magpies have brought in their first defensive recruit of the summer.

Newcastle United have finally completed the second part of their double raid of Belgian side Anderlecht by bringing defender Chancel Mbemba to St James' Park on a five-year deal after the FA recommended the defender for a work permit. The 20-year-old arrives for a reported £8 million fee as the Magpies make their first defensive recruit of the summer, subject to being granted the permit, with more potentially to follow as they look to shore up a backline that conceded an eye-watering 61 Premier League goals last season. He will be unable to play against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, however. Mbemba follows Anderlecht teammate Aleksandar Mitrovic to Tyneside, with the 20-year-old striker having signed for the Magpies a week-and-a-half ago, and he becomes Newcastle's third summer recruit following the arrival of £14.5 million midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven. Mbemba flew to Tyneside on Thursday July 23rd to undergo his medical, which he passed, before putting pen to paper on his five-year contract. However, the transfer was delayed as the Magpies waited for the Football Association to grant a Governing Body Endorsement to the Government. before Mbemba could receive a work visa. The FA were unable to consider the application until a meeting on Thursday, when it was granted. Democratic Republic of Congo international Memba was also being chased by Atletico Madrid, Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg - but Newcastle won the race of his suitors. The defender has been linked with the Magpies in the past, and the six-foot-tall full-back-cum-centre-back has already been capped 16 times by the Democratic Republic of Congo at the tender age of 20 and he looks set to become a real superstar. There have been controversies over his age, however, with his date of birth having been registered as both August 8th 1988, as well as August 8th 1994. In fact, allegations arose back in 2013 that he did actually have €œfour separate birth dates€ registered with different organisations, and with FIFA that birth date makes him 20. Versatile enough to be able to cover at centre-back, the defender would be able to fill in for a number of positions at St James€™ Park, which made him an attractive option. Mbemba has made 56 league appearances since progressing into the first-team at Anderlecht back in 2012, scoring six times, and he has won both the Belgian Pro title and the Belgian Super Cup (twice). CLICK HERE to read "12 Things Newcastle Fans Need To Know About Chancel Mbemba".For all the latest NUFC News, Views and Transfers make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook.
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