Ayoze Perez insists he is determined to acclimatise to life on Tyneside and prove himself at Newcastle United.
The 20-year-old striker became the Magpies’ first recruit of the summer when he completed a £1.5m move from Spanish Second Division side Tenerife earlier this month.
He signed what his new employers described as a “long-term contract”.
But while the Canary Islands and Spain’s second tier of professional football may seem a world apart from the English Premier League, Perez is committed to making a success of his move to St James’ Park.
“I have been warned,” he said, when asked about the change in climate.
“But at the end of the day I’m here to play football and I guess the weather is not a problem for that. I will get adapted as soon (as) possible and playing football is what I’m here for, so it’s all right.”
Newcastle hope to follow up the signings of Perez and Jack Colback with the addition of Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella, but may be forced to wait until after the World Cup.
The Journal understands they have also proposed a deal for Hertha Berlin forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Meanwhile, Ryan Taylor has revealed the frustration of almost two years sidelined by two serious knee injuries, and says that as he nears a return to fitness his sole focus now is simply to play again.
“It’s been quite frustrating for me just watching in the last two seasons, but I’m just looking ahead now – what’s gone in the past has gone,” he said.
“I’ll remember the good moments, and just try and forget about the bad moments, whether that be relegation or injury.
“I’d like to put that to one side now, and look at where I’m at now. I’m almost back. I’ve got to focus on what I’ve got to do in these next few months and make sure I’m right come that time I can play again.
“My aim is to get back on the pitch. I’m not thinking ‘Right, I want to nail down a place right now’. My aim, and I’ve only got one, is to make sure I get back.”