NEWCASTLE UNITED new-boy Bruno Guimaraes is reportedly the club’s top earner following his transfer from French giants Lyon.
The Magpies completed their club-record signing of the Brazil international on Sunday afternoon, splashing out £43million to acquire his services.
Newcastle completed the £43million signing of Bruno Guimaraes on SundayCredit: Getty
And the Brazilian’s four-and-a-half-year deal has seen become the club’s top earnerCredit: NEWCASTLE UNITED
And according to reports, the defensive midfielder is now Newcastle’s highest-paid player with a £120,000-a-week salary.
That’s according to ESPN, who claim the 24-year-old has QUADRUPLED the pay packet he was receiving at Lyon.
England international Kieran Trippier was briefly the club’s lead earner following his £12million move from Atletico Madrid, which saw him handed a £100,000-a-week contract.
Guimaraes – whose exit from Lyon was the most expensive January transfer in Ligue 1 history – has inked a four-and-a-half-year deal at St James’ Park.
A club statement read: “Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the signing of Brazil international Bruno Guimaraes on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
“The 24-year-old midfielder joins the Magpies for an undisclosed fee from Lyon, where he has been one of the outstanding performers in Ligue 1 over the past two seasons, and will wear shirt number 39 – the number of the taxi once driven by his father.”
Toon boss Eddie Howe is confident the former Athletico Paranaense ace will give his side some much-needed bite in their relegation dog fight.
He said of Guimaraes’ arrival: “Bruno is a hugely exciting talent and has been one of our primary targets so I’m delighted to secure him.
“He strengthens the group immediately ready for the challenge ahead.
Eddie Howe believes the signing of Bruno Guimaraes has greatly strengthened his squadCredit: PA
“He has been one of the standout performers in France and is a full international for Brazil so I have no doubt our supporters will really enjoy watching him.
“We look forward to welcoming him to the club on his return from international duty.”
Newcastle will be back in action a week on Tuesday, welcoming Everton – who are on the brink of appointing Frank Lampard as their new manager – to St James’ Park.