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 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.’