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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 July, 2005, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Newcastle finalise Emre transfer
Turkey and Inter Milan midfielder Emre
Emre will wear the number five shirt
Newcastle have completed the signing of Turkish international Emre Belozoglu from Inter Milan on a five-year deal.

The midfielder cost the club 3.8m and is the second major summer addition to manager Graeme Souness' squad.

He has won 39 caps, scoring three goals, but played just 19 Serie A games for Inter last season and had two years left on his contract.

The diminutive Emre, 24, joined Inter for 5m in 2001 from Galatasaray, where Souness was previously manager.

"I am delighted to have him. I think he will prove to be a really good player for this football club," Souness said earlier in the week.

"He is left-footed and I think it is imperative that you have a couple of left-footers in your team to give you the balance.

"There is a feeling in Turkey that he is the best Turkish player ever.

"When I was there as a coach, he was a young boy, a very young boy and the name kept cropping up."

A statement from Newcastle to the Stock Exchange confirmed the deal had been completed.




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