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Fulham have confirmed the signing of Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on a permanent deal.

The Serbian international has signed a five-year contract at Craven Cottage, bringing to an end a protracted transfer saga that had lasted all summer after his successful loan spell with the Whites last season. Fulham are believed to have paid around £20m to Newcastle for the 23 year-old’s signature after he fired Slavisa Jokanovic’s side to promotion from the Championship via the play-offs last term, scoring twelve goals in 20 appearances.

Mitrovic, who has scored 17 goals in 40 appearances at international level for his country and was part of Serbia’s side during the World Cup this summer, couldn’t hide his delight at finalising the transfer. He told Fulham’s official website:

I’m very glad and happy and proud to finally be here and officially become a Fulham player. I’m happy to the moon and back. I have love for the fans. They’re amazing fans and I have a really good connection with them. This is a big club and last year we made history, we did big things, and I want to continue this. We want to keep making big things, and with all the fans behind us I think we can go far.

Fulham chairman and head of football operations, Tony Khan, said:

I’m delighted to announce that Aleksandar Mitrovic is back where he belongs at Fulham Football Club! We have reached an agreement to bring Mitro home! He was a hero in our run to promotion, and from the moment he arrived at Motspur and began working with us, we’ve always wanted Mitro on a permanent; I told him that after the Final at Wembley, and I’m thrilled to make it official today.