Gael Bigirimana

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of 18-year-old midfielder Gael Bigirimana from Coventry City.

The Burundian-born youngster has signed a five-year contract after the Magpies agreed an undisclosed fee with the Sky Blues.

Bigirimana played 26 times in the Championship last season and won the divison's Apprentice of the Year award.

He had been with Coventry since 2004 and is expected to link up with Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's Development Squad at the beginning of his Tyneside career.

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