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DONE DEAL: Fabian Schar 'really happy' to join Newcastle

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabian Schar.

The Toon have completed the signing of Switzerland defender Schar after activating his £3million release clause.

The Deportivo La Coruna centre-back underwent his medical on Tyneside on Thursday and has put pen to paper on an initial three-year deal.

His arrival is a timely one for manager Rafa Benitez, who has been frustrated by the lack of movement in the transfer market with Ki Sung-yueng the only addition to the squad which finished 10th last season.

The 26-year-old said: “I'm really happy to be here. The club is a really big club for me. It has a big name, and it is a brilliant chance for me.

“I'm not like a typical defender. I, of course, defend, but I'm quite good with the ball – I like to play, I want to build up the game from behind, and I think that is a strength of mine. I have also scored some headers – that could also be a strength and hopefully I can use it here.

“I hope to start training with the team soon, and I'm looking forward to everything that's coming. At the moment, I just want to get started."

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