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By ESPN Staff

Newcastle sign Joelinton for club record £40m

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Newcastle United have signed Brazilian forward Joelinton from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on a six-year deal for a club record fee, the Premier League team announced on Tuesday.

No financial details were disclosed but British media put the fee in the region of £40 million ($49.76 million).

The 22-year-old Joelinton is the club's first signing of the transfer window and the first under new manager Steve Bruce, who replaced the departed Rafa Benitez this month.

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Sources: Barca target Alaba as Alba competition

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Barcelona have made Bayern Munich defender David Alaba their No. 1 target to provide competition for Jordi Alba, with Augsburg's Philipp Max and Real Betis' Junior Firpo being considered as alternatives, various sources have told ESPN FC.

Alaba, 27, offered himself to Barca through his agents several weeks back and is the club's first choice due to his versatility and experience at the top level.

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U.S. goalkeeper Steffen leaves Man City on loan

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Fortuna Dusseldorf have signed United States men's goalkeeper Zack Steffen on loan from Manchester City for the 2019-20 season.

The 24-year-old is making a return to the Bundesliga three years after leaving SC Freiburg for Columbus Crew.

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"I am happy to be coming back to Germany and be joining such a historic club," he said in a short video message released by Fortuna.

Earlier this summer, Steffen joined City from Columbus Crew for a fee between £7...

Liverpool's Grujic re-joins Hertha Berlin on loan

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Marko Grujic will spend another season with Hertha Berlin, who will pay Liverpool a £2 million loan fee for the midfielder plus £500,000 in potential bonuses.

The 23-year-old, pursued by Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Atalanta and Brighton, had an impressive 2018-19 at the Olympiastadion despite suffering two ankle injuries.

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He scored five goals and provided one assist in 22 Bundesliga appearances, establishing himself as one of Hertha's standout...