The Scotsman

‘It was a no-brainer’ Fraser over­joyed as he com­pletes five-year deal at New­cas­tle

- By CRAIG FORBES Sports · Soccer · Newcastle United Football Club · A.F.C. Bournemouth · Bournemouth · Scotland · Steve Bruce · Alan Shearer · Santiago · England · England national football team · Los Angeles · Scottish Football Team

New­cas­tle have signed Bournemout­h duo Ryan Fraser and Call um Wilson to boost their at­tack for the new Pre­mier League sea­son.

A deal for Wilson, un­der­stood to be worth in the re­gion of £20mil­lion, was con­cluded just after mid­day yes­ter­day be­fore Fraser, a free agent after the ex­piry of his Cher­ries con­tract this sum­mer, fol­lowed.

Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Fraser, 26, who moved to the Cher­ries in Jan­uary 2013 and made a to­tal of 208 ap­pear­ances for the club, has signed a five-year deal.

He said: “I’m ab­so­lutely buzzing for it – I came down to see the place the other day and it was just a no -brainer, re­ally, to play in such a big sta­dium with such pas­sion­ate fans, and be­ing back up in the north again is big as well.

“So I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it and I just can’t wait to show ev­ery­one what I can do, help the team and help us get back to where we be­long.”

Head coach Steve Bruce said: “I’m de­lighted to bring Ryan to New­cas­tle United. We have held off big com­pe­ti­tion to get his sig­na­ture. His abil­ity and his con­tri­bu­tions on the pitch speak for them­selves. ”

Wilson, 28, who has signed a four-year con­tract, re­vealed Mag­pies favourite Alan Shearer was the in­spi­ra­tion for his move – along­side fic­tional for­ward San­ti­ago Munez.

Shearer first con­tacted Wilson as he re­cov­ered from a se­ri­ous knee in­jury and the pair have stayed in touch since.

Wilson told NUFC TV: “It was re­ally en­cour­ag­ing to hear it from such a le­gend. It was out of the blue, the text mes­sage, as well, so I was quite sur­prised, but I was so ap­pre­cia­tive.

“We kept in touch – Shearer mes­saged me when I got a call-up for England and we’ve also been in touch about me com­ing here. I asked a few ques­tions and he had noth­ing but praise for the foot­ball club and for the place.” If Shearer pro­vided the in­spi­ra­tion, it was watch­ing the film Goal!,

which charts the rise of Munez, an il­le­gal Mex­i­can im­mi­grant liv­ing in Los An­ge­les, to star­dom at New­cas­tle, with his son which whet­ted Wilson’s ap­petite.

He said with a smile: “My son is get­ting to that age now where he’s watch­ing more movies and more foot­ball, and he watched Goal!

“I’m sit­ting there watch­ing it with him – ob­vi­ously it’s all about New­cas­tle – and the lit­tle boy in me, it got me ex­cited as well.”

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Ryan Fraser: ‘Buzzing’

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