Newcastle snap up Swiss teenager Kevin Mbabu

The youngster, who is the sixth signing of the January window, is prepared to bide his time to fight for a place in the senior squad after penning a three-and-a-half year deal

Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Swiss youngster Kevin Mbabu from Servette for an undisclosed fee.

The 17-year-old defender has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at St James’ Park, after impressing during a trial spell on Tyneside.

Mbabu, who expressed his joy at putting pen to paper, becomes Alan Pardew’s sixth signing of the window and will immediately join up for the reserve setup.

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"I am delighted to join Newcastle United," he told the club’s official website.

"Today is a big day for me. I've always wanted to sign for a club in the Premier League and Newcastle is one of the biggest there is. I want to finish my development here with the reserves before one day training with the first team and hopefully breaking into the first team."

Magpies reserve team manager Willie Donachie spoke of his excitement at the completion of the deal, adding that the Switzerland Under-19 international has a bright future ahead of him.

"Kevin is strong, confident, skilful and a very good prospect,” he said.

"He still has a lot to do as he is only 17-years-old, but I saw him playing for Switzerland Under 19s against Scotland and he did really well. He can play central defence or right-back and if he keeps working hard then he could have a great future in the game."