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Aleksandar Mitrovic to join Newcastle – subject to work permit

Newcastle United have signed Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht for $13 million – subject to a work permit. BELGIUM SOCCER JPL DAY 14 ANDERLECHT VS OH LEUVEN

The 20 year-old striker was the top scorer in the Belgian Premier League last season with 20 goals for Anderlecht.

Mitrovic, a Serbia international, is Magpies new boss Steve McLaren’s second signing of the Summer, following Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.

“This is a club with a very big history and the fans are a big part of that. There will be pressure here, for sure, but I like pressure,” Mitrovic told BBC Sport.

“I also know about the famous players who have played for Newcastle United, like Alan Shearer, who is a hero of mine. I hope I can play like him for this club. It will be an honour.”

However, the striker has been involved in his fair share of off-field antics; he returned to his club following international duty 5kg overweight and blamed it on being allowed to stay up late and eat pizza, according to the Daily Mail. mitrovic

Mitrovic was also criticised for celebrating scoring a goal by sticking his tongue out between his two fingers, which critics called a sexual gesture. The player himself said he was cutting off his tongue, as a reference to negative media coverage he had received.

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