With Newcastle United ever more desperate to add goals to the squad, news on Friday afternoon claiming that a bid for Joselu has been rejected out of hand.

The Spanish striker was signed for £7m by Stoke from Hannover in summer 2015 but the move didn’t work out, with only four goals in 24 Premier League appearances (10 starts) in 2015/16.

The local Stoke Sentinel newspaper says that Newcastle’s bid was judged ‘derisory’ by Stoke City.

After that initial poor season, last year Joselu returned on loan to another Spanish club.

In light of Newcastle’s claimed interest in him, ironically it was Lucas Perez’ departure to Arsenal that promoted Deportivo to take Joselu on loan for last season. Making nine starts and 11 appearances off the bench, the now 27 year old forward scored five La Liga goals.

Rafa Benitez would no doubt know all about his countryman and in 2010 Joselu looked to be in the ascendancy after moving to Real Madrid from Celta Vigo.

Then 20, Joselu went on to score 40 goals in 53 starts (plus sub appearances) over the course of two seasons for Real Madrid reserves, who play in the second tier of Spanish football.

However, the young striker was given only six minutes of La Liga first team action for Real Madrid.

A £5m move to Hoffenheim in August 2012 was later followed with a loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt and then £4m sale to Hannover.

However, nowhere has he managed to be anywhere near as prolific as he was for Real Madrid reserves in the Spanish second tier and indeed has never managed double figures in a league season at any other club.

If there is substance in Newcastle interest then if they do make a more substantial offer, difficult to see Joselu contributing a significant number of goals.

The 6ft 3 striker has played for Spain’s Under 20s but never featured at senior level.

Stoke Sentinel:

‘Stoke City have roundly rejected an offer from Newcastle for in-form striker Joselu.

The club considered the bid derisory and will now wait to see if an improved offer lands on their table.

Joselu has courted headlines recently after stepping off the bench to net a brace at Bolton last weekend in his first game back at the club – and then added two more to his collection at St Pauli on Tuesday evening.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez knows all about his Spanish compatriot and sees him as a potential spearhead following promotion back to the Premier League.’



  • Rich Lawson

    Good.

  • Paul Patterson

    No better than Mitrovic.

    • HarryHype59

      I would sooner play Mitro!

  • Sickofthis

    At least we might enjoy the 18/19 championship season after our next short lived Premier league say.

    • Meh

      The season isn’t going to go well is it? The strange thing is that it could so easily have been brilliant however the incompetence shown by Mike and Lee have turned it into a disaster

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        even better if the season had actually started

        • NUFCfan

          Do you really need the season to start before you can see the disaster about to unfold – turn away from this iceberg? Nah, let’s see how it goes….

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’ll be as fair to you as I have others, I bet you £10 we will not go down, with the exception of Des’ree (who used it to a ton) nobody has put their money where there mouth is.

          • HarryHype59

            You have just given the reason why the so called “Rafalution” is a con. Avoiding the drop is now our only aspiration.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It’s the task of any promoted side. Even in the KK days, I recall our first game getting beat by spurs, then at Highfield road losing to Cov and being taunted by Cov fans that we would go straight back down although as 10 men at Cov, we looked the better side. Only once we got a win at home to Sheffield Wednesday and a decent draw at Ipswich did it feel that we would be ok and of course we went on to finish 3rd. In that summer, I think we bought a budget Malcolm Allen, Beardsley on the cheap and Nicky Papavasalou.

          • HarryHype59

            But that team was good enough to finish third. This one will be lucky not to finish in the bottom three. If Gayle or Shelvey leave or get injured relegation is a cert.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            £10 we stay up

          • HarryHype59

            Done!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            So why do people keep saying we are going down? Put up or shut up.

        • Santii

          Come on now. Don’t ruin their dreams. This pair would love nothing more than another relegation. They would be right then. They could go on talking about how sh*te Newcastle really is and continue their anti nufc tirade.

          • HarryHype59

            I think they will be proved correct, this team will struggle big time.

          • Santii

            You would love nothing more.

      • Santii

        Even bigger delusional idiot.

        • HarryHype59

          Why?

          • Santii

            triggered

    • Santii

      Delusional idiot.

      • HarryHype59

        Santil shouldn’t you be attending a summer school activity group for dysfunctional teenagers?This is a group for grown ups not Biffa Bacon wannabes.

        • Santii

          Haha i have really triggered you harry. “Grown ups” lol halfwits halfway house for the Newcastle hating morons of the world.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    It gets worse by the Day

  • Martin Williams

    Joselu ? Scrapping the barrels now

  • Leazes Ender

    2016 -2017

    Achilles Tendon ……..Out since April
    Knee Injury missed ……..Ten Games
    Not in Squad ………..Four Games
    Full Games Completed 90min ………..Four
    Scored …..Four

    Market Value £3m

    Now who hasn’t been using transfermarkt then?

  • rickyd

    Ahh same old comments section. We’re linked with a good player and it’s paper talk, linked with a bad one and it’s an indictment of the club’s transfer policy.

    • Jezza

      Yes but those comments reflect reality. The club are not prepared to pay the going rate for top players so any link with those players is purely speculation/rumour/paper talk. The club’s transfer policy has delivered a load of very underwhelming signings this summer so links with cheaper and not so good players automatically seem plausible.

  • Soldier

    never heard of him, i rely on Leazes for the full info

    • Leazes Ender

      Its a bit like football manager, but I’m darned if I’m going scouting for them.

  • 1957

    A striker who has never got to double figures in a top flight league over 7 seasons. I can see the logic in replacing Mitrovic with a striker more suited to Benitez system, but are Joselu or Perez better options, not to my mind

    • Clarko

      Joselu is a Murphy replacement, not Mitrovic.

  • Steve Smith

    If he’s over his heart problems then I’d like to see us take a gamble on Correa since we missed out on Iheanacho.

    Could be a flop but he’s one of those players who could easily end up world class.

  • TheFatController

    We put in a low bid for someone who would clearly be a third striker and it’s lit the touchpapaer. Brilliant.

    Do you think the Mag equivalents say the following every day?
    Roma fans – if we were competent we’d have paid £50m for Mahrez. Amateurs
    Everton fans – if we were competent we’d have lashed the £75m on Sigurdsson. Amateurs waiting to seek Barkley first
    Man utd fans – if we were competent we’d have Bale by now. Penny pinching means he’s not arrived yet.

    It’s like negotiating over the period of the window/ waiting to sell before bidding on a replacement is a criminal offence only Charnley is committing this summer…

    • HarryHype59

      Think about it…if this club has any real intentions to survive in the EPL why are we even looking at this calibre of player? It is just going from bad to worse. We were targeting better players in the Championship ffs.

  • Munich Mag

    What the flock is wrong with the happy clappers on here ? Last season we played some turgid but effective football under Rafa, sitting back and picking of the opposition. This season we have been ran off the park by Mainz and have bought some below the radar young players to strengthen the squad. It stands to reason that some fans are concerned about the upcoming season, ffs why can’t they just say it and get on with it. I was at Mainz and the toon were really poor. We will have our work cut out this season, no matter how much trust we put in Rafa. That isn’t being negative in my book, more like being a realist.
    Joselu is a 3 million euro striker, he was poor when he was in Germany..

    • Clarko

      Our starting team vs Mainz (a friendly) was: Darlow, Yedlin, Lejuene, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback, Diame, Murphy, De Jong and Mitrovic. I don’t know how you can put so much emphasis on a pre season friendly, and a friendly where Shelvey, Gayle, Hayden and Perez did not even start. I find it interesting how there is no mention of the Wolfsburg, Bradford, Preston or Hearts games in your comment either.

      Joselu would replace Murphy (our 3rd choice striker), Joselu had a goal contribution (goals and assists) every 191 minutes in the Bundesliga, is it really that bad of a situation? Or are you just exaggerating? I think you’re exaggerating.

      • Munich Mag

        Why should I talk about games I wasn’t at or didn’t see on TV ? I was at Mainz and we were rubbish, yes it was a friendly but they were all over our full backs. If you think Perez will pull us out of the fire then think again. I’m not exaggerating, just voicing concern. The season starts next week so all will be revealed, I only hope Gayle’s hamstring holds up. Why would a poor Joselu come to the toon to be a third choice striker ? We have paid enough diddy’s big bucks to sit on the bench.

        • Damon Horner

          Mainz game really is on friendly so not the strongest basis to judge the teams ability. We lost twice to a relegated team last year it didn’t mean we were heading for relegation.

          I know there is some anxiety within the fanbase about this season but did anybody expect us to spend highly and start the season feeling competitive?

          We have to rely on Rafa’s happiness being an indicator and hope his experience and the team unity sees us through.

          • HarryHype59

            I thought the “Rafalution” meant that Ashley would back Rafa by giving him an advance of £20m to buy two £30m forward players over three years. That would have massively reduced the chances of relegation. Ashley could have paid himself back out of next years TV money. Instead Rafa is rummaging around the football equivalent of the SD remnant bin due to fatty’s lack of vision.

          • Damon Horner

            He could easily risk that but he wasn’t ever likely to. You might have to ask him why though.

            Regardless Rafa and the lads should be backed though.

          • HarryHype59

            Ashley obsession with short term budget constraints is to blame for this terrible window. The many has no strategic vision for our club.

          • Damon Horner

            All about no risks when it comes to the Finance side.

            On the flip side, every person who manages a budget wants to spend as little as possible and anybody who spends the budget wants it to be as big as possible.

            Still time to go in the window, if Rafa needs more funds you’d hope he’d have the ba11s to try and make it happen, if he tries and is batted down and we’re relegated there’s be no question who was to blame.

          • HarryHype59

            Ashley is surely risking 100m in TV money by not backing Rafa.

          • Munich Mag

            Cashley doesn’t rate Rafa’s buying prowess.

          • Munich Mag

            I appreciate that Mainz was a friendly, I just know what I saw. If we have to rely on Rafa’s happiness we are in a bad way, he can make up for deficiencies in the squad with master tactics, but at the end of the day it’s the players who do the talking on the pitch. Our squad is way down on quality, prepared to be proven wrong though !

          • Damon Horner

            No offence but I hope you are proven wrong!

            Worse squads have survived with their team unity and tactics and I know that won’t sit right.

            One saving grace really is the way Ashley wants the budgets managed we will have spend in January even if it is considered panic spend it should be there regardless.

        • Clarko

          Stating that you’re “concerned about the upcoming season” based on only viewing one pre season friendly is beyond silly, If you didn’t see the games, you shouldn’t be “voicing” any “concern”, as you’re massively uninformed.

          To clarify, I never said Perez would “pull us out of the fire”, I said that he didn’t start in the Mainz game, I never said Joselu would “come to the toon to be a third choice striker” I said he would be replacing Murphy, our previous third choice striker.

          • Munich Mag

            See ya wum

          • Clarko

            And there we have it, absolutley nothing to say, just as it should be.

  • Toonbadger

    Filling the squad with nobody`s and Who`s? And all because Fat Mick`s a miser

  • Leicester Mag

    Interesting how the standard reposte angled at anyone critical of the club is that somehow people enjoy the club failing. Deflecting attention away from the extremely worrying reality we face if nothing changes. Not one constructive argument as to how or why the current squad will survive. Not one attempt to explain how we will score goals when we rely on one player with no real PL record, Not one rational argument how we stand any chance if Shelvey is missing. Yes we could survive but the odds are we won’t and I don’t know a single fan who is happy with that prospect, further still one who enjoys it. Those so critical of MMM or LE or others, who claim the intellectual high ground, the floor is yours present your argument why the majority have this so wrong.

    • Clarko

      Gayle has managed a goal every 182 minutes in the Premier League, in the Championship last season he managed a goal every 93 minutes scoring a total of 23 goals. Based on his statistics in the Premier League you can project that if he played every minute in a 38 game season with a goal every 182 minutes he would tally 19 goals.

      Merino, Murphy, Aarons and De Jong will add creativity to the side and provide cover for Shelvey, “if” he goes “missing”. It’s also worth to note the window is still open.

      According to Sky Bet “the odds” have us surviving ahead of Huddersfield, Brighton, Burnley, Watford and Swansea.

      • Leicester Mag

        So 4 players with about 3 premier league games between them are the game changers ? That combined with the fact that Sky bet think there are 3-4 worse teams is the basis for optimism? I’m bowled over by the strength of this argument

        • Clarko

          Where did I say “game changers”? Sky Bet list 5 teams more likely to be relegated than Newcastle, not “3”, not “4”, 5 teams.

          I gave you the argument you asked for, countering every issue you brought up and you reply by, to put it simply, lying, while having the audacity to question the “strength” of my argument, it’s laughable.

          • Santii

            Clarko destroying everyone. haha!!!

          • HarryHype59

            Santil is replying to herself by pretending not to be Clarko…pathetic!

          • Santii

            You keep dribbling on buddy. Run along with your anti nufc nonsense.

          • HarryHype59

            Yes its Clarko posting under a different name. Where is the £70m you claimed Rafa had? Gullible and stupid.

          • HarryHype59

            Are you Clarko, are you Clarko, are you Clarko in disguise!

          • Santii

            You need to calm down and stop raging. Its only the internet pal just a comment on the internet. Steady deep breaths friend.

          • HarryHype59

            Says the man child who denigrates and abuses everyone who disagrees with his infantile posts!

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      You’re right. Just blind optimism, as usual.

    • Munich Mag

      Spot on

  • Kev-82

    Are we just being linked with any average Spanish player now, I half expect tomorrow’s story to be that Benitez targeting unsettled Fernando Alonso!

  • HarryHype59

    If this is the standard of player we are linked with….why the fudge are even pretending to compete in the top tier?

    • Santii

      Yes because the club wants to be in the championship. Stop being such a bloody simpleton.

      • HarryHype59

        You really are as thick as mince aren’t you Clarko!

        • Santii

          Yeah.. Newcastle as a club wants to be in the lower leagues. What a neanderthal you really are. Run along and try and catch your dinner big fella.