Ayoze Perez

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Newcastle United are pleased to confirm the signing of Ayoze Pérez from CD Tenerife on a long-term contract.

The 20-year-old striker was born in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, on 23rd July 1993 and joined the youth set up at his local club in 2004.

Last season, Ayoze - as he is known - progressed to the first team, playing in the Segunda Division, Spain's second tier. He enjoyed a prolific season for the Chicharreros, scoring 16 goals in 34 appearances.

Ayoze told nufcTV: "I'm very happy to be here to start this new adventure.

"I'm very eager for it to begin and I'm very pleased to play for this magnificent Club.

"Any football player would be interested in playing for such a Club and I will earn my position to get in the first team."

Magpies boss Alan Pardew added: "We're delighted to confirm our first signing of the summer and very pleased to have Ayoze at Newcastle United, as a number of other clubs were chasing his signature too.

"He had a terrific season in Spain last year and is a player who we hope to develop further on Tyneside.

"He's only 20 but has a very good eye for goal and that's a great asset for any young player to have."

Ayoze Pérez's first interview as a Newcastle United player will follow on nufcTV