Newcastle have been handed a blow in their pursuit of Hoffenheim striker Joelinton, who has confirmed his desire to stay in Germany.

Speaking about his future, as cited on Calcio Mercato, the Brazilian striker talked up the possibility of staying in the Bundesliga.

I have a contract and my future will not depend on qualifying for the Champions League or not.

Both Newcastle and RB Leipzig are being heavily linked with a summer move for the striker who has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season.

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He has impressed in the Bundesliga this season and the Magpies could be looking to add a striker to their ranks over the summer.

At the age of just 22, Joelinton is viewed as one of the Bundesliga’s more promising strikers.

He is under contract with the Bundesliga side until 2022 and will not come cheaply if Newcastle do want to pursue a summer deal.

There are concerns over a permanent move to sign Salomon Rondon from West Brom, despite the forward impressing in recent weeks.

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