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.



  • Clarko

    👍🏾 👍🏾 👍🏾

    • Fleckman hoop licker

      Easily your most interesting post.

  • Steve Pearce

    Josewho?

    I know nothing of him and nothing of his track record in the goals department. So unless you enlighten us I really can’t form an opinion. Because we already have one dud up front and simply can’t afford another!

    • Toonrobbybobson

      If Rafa thinks he’s right for the funds we have sobeit.

      What about Murphy last season?

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        What about Lazaar last season ?

        • Toonrobbybobson

          He was signed as cover. It bulked our squad up which was needed for the championship season. Hes not premier league level obviously.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Haha… he wasn’t Championship quality either judging by how many games he played and the fact he’s been chased!

      • Steve Pearce

        Well said – I hope he’s as big and threatening as Murphy was and in Rafa i trust.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Marvellous.. the state we are in .. Stoke City cast offs .. 27 and unwanted. He is at his peak while Mitrovic is 22 with stacks of potential.. shambles

    • Steve Pearce

      So is this “potential” the ability to be unable to score goals when we need them. I love Mitro for his passion but that unfortunately is not enough,

      • HarryHype59

        Fair point BUT is this lad any better than Mitro?

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Mitrovic scored NINE goals in his first premiership season .. at 21 .. AND in a relegated side!
        Watford have just paid £18 million for a striker who can’t beat that AND you would have been over the moon had we signed him

  • Leazes Ender

    What ‘positive’ spin can you put on this injury prone ‘goal machine’.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      he speaks Spanish & scores 5 times as many goals as Riviere per season

      • HappyToons

        He was born in Germany so first grabs to take a penalty?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          i know where he was born, i`d have problems finding out where you were though

          • HappyToons

            I was born where they had colour tellies in 1972

    • HappyToons

      He’s been on the telly?

    • HarryHype59

      He is cheap!

  • Rich Lawson

    Pathetic,bin scraping.Dig deep and get the two Arsenal boys before Swansea or Brighton etc pinch it again.

    • HarryHype59

      Come on now! You can’t expect us to compete with bigger clubs!

  • MadMag83

    People complained we didn’t throw £18m at Gray, now they’ll moan we’ve spent £5m on this bloke.

    He could turn out to be a bargain, give the lad a bloody chance before writing him off as a dud.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      £5m & 5 goals a season
      Wonderful

      • MadMag83

        I remember a lot of fans bemoaning the signing of Gayle last season, so let’s just see how it plays out.

      • Georgia Peter

        Five more than Mitro…!

  • HenrySlade

    Joselu isn’t as good as either Gayle or Mitrovic, and I would even prefer Adam Armstrong to him.

    It’s a desperately poor signing, and a symptom of a club that’s going nowhere under its current owner.

    • Jezza

      If we sign Joselu and it’s a big if, it does smack of a token signing to placate the fans.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        we have a £10m winger on the bench & we`re paying £5m for this lad. wouldn`t it have made sense to have used £15m on a striker
        we have Atsu, Ritchie & Rolandlo

        • HarryHype59

          I though exactly the same! Instead of getting one decent striker who is better than what we have, we bring in numerous shirt fillers.

  • TheFatController

    So for £5m you get a striker in his prime who has scored a fair few goals in Bundesliga for 2 clubs, players a season in the premiership and then one in La Liga

    The fact that he plays most of the games for each club suggests he isn’t played as a leader of the line, but the coaches think he’s doing something right.

    Going off goals solely for a striker is bizarre and like school kids’ mentality – why would Everton want Rooney after only 5 goals last season therefore ?

    Joselu might be ideal if we did sign Lucas Perez and have Gayle as neither are 6′ 3″ and Rafa must think he can use him in certain games/off the bench.

    An upgrade on Murphy as third striker. Cue moaning that we’re going backwards therefore…

    • HenrySlade

      You’ve managed to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Joselu is a third rate striker – I wouldn’t even want him in the Championship. He’s NOT an upgrade on Murphy who, quite clearly, shouldn’t have been sold.

      • TheFatController

        Why would you not want a regular over last 5 seasons in bundesliga, premiership and la Liga in the championship? You do know the relative strengths of the four leagues ?

        Or are you just avoiding any reality to make a prejudiced point about the running of the club and its signings ? Which is fine, but write it on a separate post, not in reply to mine as I’d look up his stats on Wikipedia and he was in La Liga last season which is way higher than the championship standard you wouldn’t have him in…

        .just saying.

        • HenrySlade

          He’s not really been a regular in any of those divisions (more like a regular sub), his goals per game and assists per game stats are poor, and none of the top flight teams he played for in Germany, Spain and England wanted to retain him. He’s third rate, and that’s reflected in the fee which, in the current climate, is very low.

          Oh…and asking someone not to respond to your posts on a forum on which people interact with each other is rather bizarre. That’s why we’re here – to debate the happenings at our club, so don’t be so chippy and ungracious.

          • TheFatController

            He’s going to be a regular sub for us.

            I didn’t ask him not to interact I asked him not to reply to my statement of facts with his opinion using no facts – even if he’s only regularly appearing as sub in the three top leagues in the world it’s bizarre (your word) to say he’s not good enough for the championship

            He said ‘he’s not an upgrade on Murphy’ – murphy rarely troubles bundesliga, la Liga or the premiership even as a sub, would be my counter.

            You then call my requesting then to use facts or use a separate post as bizarre and chippy. Ok, that’s your opinion. I however made my point – if people don’t back up their opinions with facts or ‘I’ve watched all La Liga / Stoke games he’s played in and …’ it is irritating to see an equally chippy and ungracious reply from the poster rubbishing the facts of his having 5 seasons in 3 top leagues …

            I’m chippy and they’re not? Slight bias there I think, but thanks for your moral superior tone …

          • HenrySlade

            You seem to be very confused about who you’re responding to. Or maybe you’re just very confused – period.

          • TheFatController

            True. anyhow, the good news is few Stoke fans are snatching the £5m off us judging by comments made and seem to believe he’ll prove to be better then that valuation.

            For every Diame there’s a Gayle or Clark…some respond to the big stage we provide

            It’s up to him now to take any chance he’s given let’s hope he does a ‘Clark’ and is £5m well spent, cos Villa fans rubbished him when we signed him

          • MadMag83

            “He’s a regular sub, his goals per game ratio is poor….”

            Perhaps that would explain why mate? Hard to get a run of form as a striker if you’re in and out the side and only getting limited game time as a substitute. Not suggesting he’s gonna be the next Shearer but at least watch him in a toon shirt before making your mind up.

    • HarryHype59

      Third striker you say. He will he the only one available when Gayle goes sick again and Mitro is loaned out!

      • Georgia Peter

        Porciestreet ;
        Doom doom and more f****n doom…….Oh my goodness.

        • HarryHype59

          Reality!

  • HappyToons

    Still can’t get over Leazes Ender saying he was on the telly, maybe he was in Jossy’s Giants-
    ‘The show’s plot centred on a boys’ football team, the Glipton Grasshoppers, and their enthusiastic Geordie manager Joswell ‘Jossy’ Blair. The show was written by darts commentator and television personality Sid Waddell’

    The Chron’ has a headline ’20 things you need to know about Joselu’, then crossed out to ‘2’

    1-He is 6ft 3 so not quite a Jossy giant
    2-He isn’t very good and probably couldn’t get a game for Glipton.

    ‘100 reasons why I never buy the Chronicle’…send them on a post card to ‘Alan Oliver’, whoops…John Gibson.

    • Jezza

      Jossy Giants was a classic. One of the best football related dramas ever made. Sid Waddell was wasted commentating on darts. I wish he’d written a lot more television programmes.

  • Damon Horner

    On paper not a great signing. Games aren’t played on paper though. Let’s give the lad a chance at least.

  • HarryHype59

    Frankly I don’t know the club wastes money on the “bargain basement punts” . They are rarely successful and instead end up being loaned out or stuck in the reserves draining the wage bill.

    Riviere, De Jong, Saivet, Lazaar Hanley and Sels are prime examples of this folly. In the current market it is highly unlikely a 5m player will be good enough to make a difference in the premier league.

    Instead of buying four “shirt fillers” for £20m why not buy one decent player for the same money?

    • hetonmag

      Mahrez Liecester £500,000 !!!

      • HarryHype59

        When did Mahrez sign for Newcastle for £500k? I could have sworn he played for Leicester City.

        • hetonmag

          I know who he played for it was in reply to your post regarding bargain basement buys.

      • hetonmag

        It was in response to bargain basement buys thicko.

    • Georgia Peter

      Porciestreet;
      Because he’ll probably want 120 grand a week….!

  • DinkyDave

    Career total Games 266 Goals 88 – not necessarily prolific but hey hoe! His best was 40 goals in 72 appearances from 2010 – 2012 for R Madrid B and 2 in 2 for R Madrid lol!