Newcastle United have announced the signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba on a five-year deal.
The club received a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) for the player at an FA hearing today and will complete the £8million transfer subject to Mbemba receiving the appropriate visa.
The 20-year-old DR Congo international defender becomes United’s third signing of the summer after the capture of Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Mbemba is now required to apply for his visa overseas, with the hope that he is then able to return to join his new team-mates in Newcastle midweek.
Mbemba said: “I’m very, very happy to be here. This is the biggest league in the world and I’m very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.
“I’m going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my teammates and to bring something extra to the team.
“I know the team very well. I’ve watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.
“I’ve come here to Newcastle United because it’s a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead.”