Bruno Guimaraes to Newcastle United: When will he make his debut? Who else could sign on deadline day?

Newcastle United have confirmed Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes as their third January signing.

Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon.Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon.
Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon.

Newcastle United have announced the signing of Brazilian international Bruno Guimaraes on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

An undisclosed fee - believed to be around £33million- was agreed with Ligue 1 side Lyon on Thursday night after some tough negotiations.

Magpies chief scout Steve Nickson then flew out to South America, where the midfielder is currently on international duty with Brazil, to conclude a deal.

A transfer has now been officially announced by both clubs, with the 24-year-old set to travel to Tyneside after Brazil take on Miguel Almiron’s Paraguay on Wednesday.

What did Eddie Howe say about Guimaraes’ arrival?

Head coach Eddie Howe said: “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.

“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.”

What shirt number will Guimaraes wear?

Guimaraes will wear the 39 shirt- the number of the taxi once driven by his father.

He becomes Newcastle’s third January signing following the earlier arrivals of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood from Atletico Madrid and Burnley, respectively.

When could Guimaraes make his Newcastle debut?

Guimaraes is due to meet his new teammates later this week and train ahead of the visit of Everton on Tuesday, February 8.

Under the lights at St James’ Park against the Toffees will likely see Guimaraes make his debut then, all being well, of course.

Which teams did Newcastle beat to his signature?

Guimaraes is a huge coup for Newcastle with the Brazilian attracting interest from a number of top European clubs.

Juventus and Manchester United have long been admirers, while Arsenal were heavily tipped to launch a bid this month.

He has established himself as one of the leading defensive midfielders in France, if not Europe.

What other deals are Newcastle targeting on deadline day?

Newcastle have agreed a fee with Brighton and Hove Albion for Dan Burn - but talks over personal terms are ongoing,

A central defender is a top priority heading into deadline day as Howe aims to bolster a defence that has conceded 43 Premier League goals this season.

In terms of other positions, Magpies fans will watch on with intrigue with their club open to doing other deals on deadline day.