Newcastle have completed the signing of Spanish left-back Jose Enrique from Villarreal for £6.3m.
The 21-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal with the club, becomes Sam Allardyce’s seventh signing of the summer.
Enrique, who will wear the number three shirt at St James’ Park, said: “I believe very much in the manager at Newcastle United and I believe they are going to be one of the top teams.”
The Spanish club announced on Saturday they had reached an agreement with the Magpies for the transfer of the Spain Under-21 international.
And Enrique tonight told his new club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk, that Allardyce helped make his mind up.
He explained: “I met Sam for dinner and I was very happy to listen to his plans for Newcastle United.
“He treated me very well and he understands me. He knows I have to get used to a lot of new things, like changes in culture and language, but he says he is going to help me adapt to that.
“He says it will make me stronger and he will have patience with me. I am really happy to hear that.
“I know Newcastle already have players with a lot of character and players who are used to winning many things and playing in Europe like Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Obafemi Martins.
“It will also help me to have people like Nolberto Solano and Albert Luque to speak to. Albert says he is going to take care of me at Newcastle.”
Enrique joins Mark Viduka, Joey Barton, David Rozehnal, Geremi, Alan Smith and Claudio Cacapa as Allardyce recruits this summer.
Meanwhile, West Ham will not budge on their £6million offer for Kieron Dyer - but the England midfielder’s transfer could be revived if Newcastle accept a compromise deal.
Dyer had been on the point of moving to Upton Park after the clubs agreed a fee of £5million up front plus a further £1million depending on appearances.
Newcastle then decided they had under-valued the player and demanded a further £2million causing West Ham to pull out of the move.
It is understood the Hammers are still interested in Dyer, who has already passed a medical, but will not go above £6million. They may, however, be willing to pay all the money up front.
Dyer himself has been left in limbo with Newcastle making it clear they were happy for the midfielder to leave.
West Ham were furious with the sudden price hike – they had been given written confirmation of the acceptance of their offer until Newcastle’s change of mind.
The club are also keen to make a point that they will not pay over the odds for any player – they want to stress that the Icelandic consortium who own the club will not spend unnecessarily.
Allardyce has defended the club’s decision to block Dyer’s move, while West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has insisted the deal was now “definitely off”.
Allardyce said: “If Curbs started it, then we are more upset than they are, that is a fact.
“Why? That is confidential. He is not as upset as we are about West Ham.
“In the end, we decided he was under-valued. We escalated the valuation to what we thought was realistic and West Ham did not want to roll with it.
“Kieron is back with us, a top player with a squad who are growing.
“Will it be difficult for Kieron? It’s life, isn’t it? He has got a contract. You sign it. The length of the contract means you are employed by an employer, something happens, it doesn’t work, you come back and get on with it.
“If anything else happens in terms of West Ham increasing their offer, then great. If they don’t then clearly they don’t value him as highly as we do.”