Joselu is set to make his debut for Newcastle on Sunday according to reports on Monday morning.
The 27 year old is set to have his medical on Tyneside and complete a move to Newcastle by Tuesday at the latest the Telegraph report.
This would leave him available for Huddersfield on Sunday as Rafa Benitez’ sixth signing of the summer.
The last update on the mini-Joselu saga was a week ago (see below), with claims that Newcastle had offered nowhere near the £5m/£6m that Stoke were looking for in order to get their money back on the striker they signed two years ago.
Stoke City are due to reveal their own signing with Jese today having a medical, the player set to sign on loan after a disastrous £22m move from Real Madrid to PSG last summer.
This deal allowing Mark Hughes to allow Joselu to leave, along with the fact that Newcastle are reported to have agreed to pay a more realistic £5m for the 6ft 3 Spanish striker.
The Mag – 7 May 2017:
Friday saw the Stoke Sentinel break the news that Newcastle United had made a bid for 27 year old striker Joselu.
The local Potteries newspaper revealed though that the Stoke City hierarchy had dismissed it out of hand as ‘derisory’.
Their report was then followed up by widespread reporting elsewhere, which appeared to confirm that an offer had indeed been made and rejected.
However, amongst those follow-up reports was one from Newcastle United’s official media partner, The Mirror, who claimed that the derisory offer had been £12m and Rafa Benitez was unhappy it hadn’t been increased.
That all (The Mirror’s claim) sounded a little unlikely, for a player who cost around £6m when Stoker bought him two years ago – and who in the meantime has scored four goals in 2015/16 for Stoker, then five goals for Deportivo on loan last season.
The Stoke Sentinel have now followed up Friday’s exclusive with some clarification on Monday afternoon, regarding claims of what had or hadn’t been offered by Newcastle for the Spanish forward.
They say that (unsurprisingly) Newcastle’s offer for Stoke striker Joselu wasn’t anywhere near the claimed £12m and that indeed the ‘derisory’ offer was only a fraction of that supposed £12m figure.
They state that the exact figure was £5.75m that Stoke paid Hannover two years ago for the striker and that the club are hoping to claw back most of that money, or ideally all of it, if they sell Joselu…but are not expecting to double their money on the low scoring striker!
Stoke City are now said to be waiting to see if Newcastle do return with an improved/realistic bid for the striker who has struck form in late pre-season, scoring twice against Bolton and then the same against St Pauli.
If Stoke are looking for only £5m/£6m which is probably realistic in this inflated transfer market, then needless to say that if they thought Newcastle’s offer was derisory, it was significantly lower than £5.75m…
Which wouldn’t be any surprise with the way Newcastle have been doing their, very slow, business this summer.
With injury/fitness worries over Dwight Gayle and Rafa not the biggest fan of the only other striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic, the need for another forward option is critical.