Newcastle have completed the signing of Sweden international right-back Emil Krafth from Ligue 1 side Amiens for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around £5 million.
The 25-year-old becomes Steve Bruce’s fourth first-team signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of high profile arrivals Joelinton (40m) from Hoffenheim and Allan Saint-Maximin (20m) from Nice, as well as the loan capture of Jetro Willems from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Krafth played 36 times for Amiens last season, contributing a goal and an assist as the club narrowly managed to stave off relegation. The defender also played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup for his native Sweden.
The defender will play in a new country for the fourth time, having previously played in Sweden, Italy and France, and is expected to push incumbent right-back DeAndre Yedlin hard for a starting berth.
Speaking to Newcastle’s in-house TV outlet – NUTV, manager Steve Bruce spoke highly of his new recruit.
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“We’re pleased to bring him here,” said Bruce. “He turned 25 last week and has great experience, with more than 20 caps for Sweden and having played in the top flight in three different countries.
“He’s a good height for a full-back, speaks excellent English and is a very good player. He’s a really good acquisition.”