NI star Jamal joins Newcastle on five-year contract for a fee that could hit £20m

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NI and now Newcastle left-back Jamal Lewis.

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Jamal Lewis has become Northern Ireland's most expensive footballer ever.

He's joined Newcastle United from Norwich on a five-year contract for a transfer fee of £15m, rising to £20m with add-ons.

The 22-year-old left-back has won 13 international caps.

He's from Luton but qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through his Belfast-born mum Katrina.

The defender, who sat out of Northern Ireland's 5-1 defeat to Norway on Monday, had been a target for Liverpool earlier in the transfer window.

Jamal's told NUFC TV he wants to establish himself as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League with Newcastle. 

He added: "It was a little bit unexpected but it was something that I was obviously looking forward to when I heard that there was serious interest, so I'm delighted to be here now. Newcastle's such a great club with such history and I knew it was an opportunity I would love to take with both hands."

Lewis, who started his youth career with his hometown club, Luton, joined Norwich's academy in 2014 and won a Sky Bet Championship title-winners' medal in 2018/19. He was also named in the league's team of the season before further enhancing his reputation in the Premier League last term.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: "Jamal is a very exciting prospect. I watched him flourish in the Championship two years ago and he made a real fist of it in the Premier League last season.

"He is only 22 years old and has a wonderful future ahead of him so I hope he is a Newcastle United full-back for years to come.

"It's been a great week for us with incoming players. We have had to be patient but these players improve us, which is key."

Jamal could make his debut in Newcastle's opening Premier League game of the season at West Ham on Saturday night.




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