Kenedy has joined Newcastle on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season.

The Brazilian completed a medical at the club on Tuesday and becomes the Magpies’ first signing of the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old, who can play at both left-back and on the wing, had been a target for Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez since the summer when the two clubs had also held talks about a loan move.

Benitez has been open about his desire to strengthen his squad this month but has been uncertain of his transfer budget due to talks over a potential sale of the club, which have ended for the time being.

Kenedy has struggled to break into Chelsea’s first-team since moving from Fluminese in the summer of 2015 and has featured just once in the league under head coach Antonio Conte.

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“I’m so happy with this opportunity at Newcastle,” Kenedy told Newcastle’s officials website.

“They’ve opened the door to me to come here, show my potential and come and play for Newcastle.

“It’s a traditional club and Rafa Benitez is a fantastic, amazing coach.

“Christian Atsu, as well – we trained together at Chelsea and know each other, and he said good things about the club. So it was easy to take this decision.”

Benitez added: “Kenedy is a player that we have been following since the summer. The reason we are interested is that he can play in several positions – as a winger, a wing-back and also as an offensive left full-back, so he gives the team many options.

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“He has a great left foot and good energy. He is still a young player but he has some experience already in the Premier League and that will help with his adaptation.”

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