"It's an opportunity I relish and intend doing my utmost to do the shirt proud.
"When you look at the fantastic players down the years who have worn the shirt, it sends shivers down your spine. It's amazing.
"Having grown up following and watching the team I'm obviously aware of the great tradition the number nine shirt holds. It's probably unique in football in that sense and to be wearing it is incredible."
Obafemi Martins, who the Magpies left for Wolfsburg in August 2009, was the last player to wear the nine shirt at Newcastle.
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