Newcastle have completed the loan signing of Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent.
The Algeria international, who was on Tottenham’s books for four years before joining the German side in 2016, said on the news: “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.”
Bentaleb made 66 appearances for Spurs before joining Schalke in what was initially a loan deal that was made permanent in 2017.
He has played 97 times, including in the Champions League, for the Bundesliga outfit, but has not feature so since April last year – with disciplinary issues and a knee problem taking him out of the first-team picture.
Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce said: “He’s somebody who I paid particular attention to when he was at Spurs, when he broke through and got a big-money move to Germany.
“With the numbers that we’ve got at the minute, he’s got a bit of experience and I think people will enjoy watching him play.
“He’ll come into the squad and I’m sure he’ll be a good acquisition for us.
“He’s gone from the Premier League to Schalke and played in the Champions League as well, so we’re delighted to get him. It’s a great signing.”
Should Bentaleb impress, the Magpies will have to shelve out a fee in the region of £8.5million to make the deal permanent.