Scotland international Ryan Fraser has finally secured himself a club, completing a switch to Newcastle United.
The winger has been without a team since June after turning down the opportunity to play for previous club Bournemouth post-lockdown following the expiry of his Cherries deal.
It has left the winger in the free agency market, Steve Clarke not selecting him for Scotland duty this month as he wasn’t at a club. He’ll throw himself back into the mix now though after moving to Newcastle.
He’s signed a five-year deal at at St. James’ Park and signs on the same day his former Bournemouth partner Callum Wilson completes his move to the Toon.
If the Cherries had sold Fraser, Aberdeen were entitled to a chunk of the fee, due to a sell-on clause inserted in his contract when he made the switch from Pittodrie to the Vitality Stadium. The Dons miss out on what would have been a substantial financial boost due to his move not costing Newcastle a transfer fee.
Fraser says he can’t wait to get going in black and white: “I’m absolutely buzzing for it – I came down to see the place the other day and it was all just good things; the manager, the place, the fans, the messages I’ve been getting.
“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.”