Newcastle complete loan deal for Chelsea winger Christian Atsu
Newcastle have completed the signing of Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on a one-year loan deal, the Championship club have confirmed.
Sources told ESPN FC on Monday that the Blues had granted Atsu permission to travel up to Tyneside for a medical after Newcastle reached an agreement to loan the 24-year-old with an option to buy next summer.
And the Ghana international has now become Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez's 11th major signing of a busy summer that has also seen Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Mohamed Diame arrive at St James' Park.
Benitez told Newcastle's official website: "I agreed with our fans that we needed to bring in another winger, so I am very happy to welcome Christian to the club.
"He has good ability and pace in the wide areas and also has good experience of English football.
"He has a different style of play to the other players we have at the moment and that will be important for the squad."
Atsu added: "I'm very happy to be at Newcastle. It's a very big club. They have good facilities and I think Newcastle have one of the best coaches in the world.
"St. James' Park is a fantastic stadium with 50,000 fans; the fans here really love football so much and I can't wait to play at this stadium in front of the fans."
Atsu joined Chelsea from Porto for £3.5 million in September 2013 but has yet to make his competitive debut for the Blues, instead spending time on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga.
Liam is ESPN FC's Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.