Newcastle United confirm Nabil Bentaleb signing - and reveal summer option
Bentaleb is Steve Bruce’s first January signing, the 25-year-old midfielder has previously played in the top flight with Tottenham Hotspur.
Bentaleb represented his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
On signing for Newcastle, he said: “I'm very happy to come back to the Premier League, especially with a club such as Newcastle.
"The project really interested me. I wanted absolutely to come back to the Premier League. The coach had some trust in me and the club also - I saw that straight away - and I think it's the perfect move for me."
A club statement read: “He made 66 appearances for the North London club - scoring his only goal against Newcastle in a League Cup tie in December 2014 - before moving to Schalke, initially on loan, in August 2016.
“Bentaleb has made 97 appearances for the Bundesliga side, scoring 19 times, and has played in the Champions League for Die Königsblauen.”