Newcastle signed Moroccan left back Achraf Lazaar during the final days of the transfer window in a €3.5m deal from Palermo.

The 24-year-old has been speaking to Italian website Tutto Mercato Web, and explained his reasoning behind moving to the Championship.

Lazaar revealed he had the option to sign for Fiorentina, but it has been a dream to sign for an English club.

He said: “I had to choose between Newcastle and Fiorentina. Fiorentina are a great club, but my head and my family told me “Go to Newcastle”.

“England has always been my dream, Newcastle will go in the Premier League and has everything to be great.”

Lazaar also seems to be quite impressed with the facilities at Newcastle, and the support of the fans.

He added: “I saw the facilities, the environment is very different from Italy. There’s incredible organisation, a beautiful stadium, fantastic fans.

“Here we’ve fifty-two thousand subscribers (season ticket holders), a fantastic reality. they treated me very well from day one, here you feel one hundred percent as a player. Here you can grow, if you want to grow up and get where you can not even imagine. No limits.”

Lazaar is yet to make his debut for Newcastle, but could make it at the weekend against Wolves.