Newcastle have completed the signing of Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg.
The Premier League club confirmed the 26-year-old Senegalese striker has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £10m
Cisse, who is an international teammate of Magpies’ top scorer Demba Ba, will wear the famous number nine shirt on Tyneside.
And although he is currently away on international duty at the African Nations Cup, he is excited to get started with his new club.
"I would like to thank everybody for their welcome, and for inviting me to sign for the club," he told Newcastle's official website.
"It is an honour to play for such a big club and I am looking forward to it. I want to pay back the confidence the club have shown in me, and give the supporters something to be proud of.
"I am aware of the huge importance of the number nine shirt, and when I spoke with the manager he made it very clear how important this shirt is. I will treat it with the respect and I hope to do my very best in this shirt."