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.