Achraf Lazaar joins Newcastle United from Palermo

Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of defender Achraf Lazaar from the Italian outfit Palermo for an undisclosed fee.

The Morocco international joined Palermo in January 2014, helping the club to the Serie B title in his first season before becoming a permanent in the top flight.

The 24 years old left-back has put pen to a paper on a five-year deal with the Premier League side, keeping him at St James’ Park until the summers of 2021.

“I am very happy to be at Newcastle United. I’m proud to sign here because Newcastle is a great team in England,” he told the club’s official website.

The Magpies Manager Rafael Benitez added: “Achraf is a good, young player with international experience who has grown his game in Italy. He gives us width on the left, has a good left foot and will add great competition to the squad.”

Lazaar becomes Newcastle’s 11th summer recruit, scored three goals in 76 appearances for Rosanero.