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Newcastle close in on Viana

Published: Thursday 20 June 2002, 19.22CET
Newcastle United FC say they have signed Sporting Clube de Portugal's Hugo Viana.

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Published: Thursday 20 June 2002, 19.22CET

Newcastle close in on Viana

Newcastle United FC say they have signed Sporting Clube de Portugal's Hugo Viana.

Newcastle United FC say they have signed Sporting Clube de Portugal's 19-year-old midfield player Hugo Viana.

Medical completed
An announcement on the FA Premiership club's official website claimed that Viana underwent a medical this afternoon and will return to Portugal tomorrow before rejoining his new team-mates for pre-season training next month.

Chairman delighted
Although personal terms and the medical are still to be confirmed and completed, Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd said: "We are delighted to have secured the services of Hugo for the next five seasons. He is a very exciting attack-minded player who I am sure will be a very good addition to our squad."

Potential coup
If the deal, which is thought to be worth around €12.4m, is sealed it will represent something of a coup for Newcastle manager Bobby Robson, who was in charge of Sporting during the 1992/93 season. Viana was a member of Portugal's Under-21 side at this summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship and the senior squad at the FIFA World Cup finals in Korea/Japan, although he did not make an appearance in the latter tournament.

Last updated: 20/06/02 19.37CET

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