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A club record signing, Joelinton Cassio Apolinário de Lira joined Newcastle United from Hoffenheim in the Summer of 2019. Whilst the fee was not declared by either the buying or selling club it is believed to be in the region of £30m initial payment, rising to a potential £40m depending on a number of criteria and future club performance. At the time of signing the club, as ever, was in a true state of flux having just lost Rafa Benitez to the disappointment of the players and fans alike. With Rafa gone, taking Rondon with him to China it was left for Steve Bruce to fill the void. He, more than anyone, was certainly delighted with the Brazilian who would go on to spearhead his new look attack.