Joselu has signed for Newcastle United.

The club confirming on Wednesday morning that the striker has signed from Stoke on a three year deal.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Newcastle United have completed the signing of forward Joselu from Stoke City.

The 27-year-old becomes the Magpies’ sixth summer signing, penning a three-year-deal with the club which will keep him at St. James’ Park until 2020.

He follows fellow new arrivals Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo and Mikel Merino to the club, as manager Rafa Benítez further bolsters his squad.

Joselu began his career at Celta Vigo, coming through the ranks at the Balaidos before joining Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009.

After a stint on loan back at Celta, he became a prolific goalscorer for Los Blancos’ B team – form which saw him make the step up to Real’s first team, where he scored on his debut against Almeria.

A move to German side Hoffenheim followed in 2012, and after a productive loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt during the 2013/14, Joselu joined fellow Bundesliga side Hannover 96 in the summer of 2014.

 His ten goals in 32 outings in his solitary season at Hannover earned him a move to the Premier League with Stoke in June 2015. In total, the Spanish frontman made 27 appearances for the Potters, scoring four times, and also netted four goals during his time on loan at Deportivo La Coruña last term.

“I feel very happy, because I have signed for a very big club. I’m very happy to be part of this club, and so excited,” said Joselu.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know my teammates, the city, the training ground, the stadium and all the supporters. I’m very happy to be here.”

Benítez added: “We have known Joselu since his days at the Real Madrid academy, and we know that he has the potential to do well for us.

“Obviously he has experience of English football and the Premier League and that was another thing we took into consideration. We think if we can exploit his full potential he will be a good signing for us.

“He knows and accepts the challenge we’ve given him at Newcastle United and he’s keen to come and fight for a position in the team.”

The Mag – 14 August 2017:

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

    👌🏿 👌🏿 👌🏿

    • Geordiegiants

      Is that your w’nking hand?

  • Chris Lightfoot RE

    Not exactly a marquee signing, but puts pressure on Gayle to perform! Sometimes that alone can be worth 5-10 goals a season! here’s hoping anyway!

    • Geordie-7676

      Agree!

  • Zin

    Lets give this lad a chance, at least its only a 3 year contract for £50k per week.

    • Geordiegiants

      My thought exactly, none of this five years for players that haven’t proved anything.

      • Zin

        We have too many five year failed punts that we cant shift on huge wages. This is the market we have to play in, our owner wont go any higher

    • HarryHype59

      Which would mean the wage bill would be around £7.5m for the duration of his contract in addition to the £5m fee. This seems like a championship signing and is basically a budget based punt.

      • Cuh

        Would you rather have him on a Riviere contract then?

        • HarryHype59

          I would sooner be looking at better players!

          • Geordiegiants

            So would we all, but it’s not going to happen.

        • Geordiegiants

          That’s the point I’m getting at, small steps n all that.

  • csh

    This lad was highly rated by many Stoke fans who would rather have seen Berahino sold, so potentially this could be a bargain for us.

  • Jimblag23

    Good luck to him. I’d prefer it if it wasn’t another punt in the dark signing, but hopefully he’ll surprise a few people.

    • HarryHype59

      Statistically, very few “punts” succeed! Look at the number of toxic assets at our club for proof of this!

      • Geordiegiants

        I can’t disagree but for me any thing is an upgrade to Donkovitic.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Ashleys one Punt who’s done alreet for himself!!

    • Geordiegiants

      Im not sure he is a punt, I think more of a calculated risk. He has done it, but had a bad manager in Happy Hughes while with Stoke.

      • HarryHype59

        Hughes is actually quite decent and has made Stoke an established EPL side!

        • Geordiegiants

          They hate him, absolutely hate him, like we hated Pinocchio 🤥.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Ashleys definitely a punt- not sure aboot josuleu like!!!

  • HarryHype59

    Underwhelmed! Is this the Rafalution then?

    • Jezza

      I hope he turns out to be a useful player for us but it is obvious the key factor in the club chosing this player to fill our striker void was the size of fee required to buy him.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        we needed an upgrade in the striker department & it`s not coming yet we have spent £5m on this lad & £10m on a winger who`s on the bench
        it doesn`t make sense

        • Geordiegiants

          It will in a season or so when we sell him for £50m.

    • Geordiegiants

      We might get rid of Donkovitic now, and hopefully Rafa can build from there.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        there`s isn`t going to be any building pal, the Fat lad made that obvious on Sky

        • Geordiegiants

          As you’s are all well aware I’m not exactly a Jabba lover, but I do have huge faith in Rafa, he knows what he is up against and is bringing players in to build, when the money from sales and SKY starts rolling Rafa will get it or then he will walk.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            i think it`ll be the latter, Jabba has zero ambition for the Toon

          • Geordiegiants

            Well I hope not, but here’s to hoping 🍻

          • Albert Stubbins

            spot on mate- you know the score.

          • Geordiegiants

            Cheers 🍻

      • Jezza

        By Donkovitic I presume you mean A-Mitro-bi.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      well at least he`s got a chance of breaking Rivieres`s goal scoring record

    • Leazes Ender

      There’s no such thing as a Rafalution.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        you didn’t buy the book then
        😂😂

        • Leazes Ender

          Mark Douglas must be feeling pretty stupid.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            there`s 2 quid off, special offer

      • HarryHype59

        So have I been lied to then?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bet Huddersfield`s back 4 are bricking it

    • Geordiegiants

      Howare MMM you sound like Leazes now, give the kid a chance, trust Rafas judgement.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        It`s not Rafa`s judgement it`s how much he hasn`t got to spend thanks to the Pig

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Leazes must have slept in

    • HarryHype59

      Didn’t Huddersfield break their transfer record to sign a new striker?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        One things for sure H, we wont

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          And neither would we had we bought Mounie. I can guarantee the name of Graham carr would have been mentioned in these comments had we have gone near him. Rightly so, Carr had suggested him last summer.

          • HarryHype59

            This bloke actually reeks of a Carr signing. I wonder if he still pulling the strings!

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Apart from all the Rafa connections?

            I’d not mind if Carr was still involved

          • HarryHype59

            Yes all is well on fantasy island!

          • Albert Stubbins

            according to the chron Rafa been watching him for 7 years- I expect Rafas imminent prosecution for stalking will be the next headline!!

      • Cuh

        Would you have taken Mounie? Be honest!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I bet you can’t name their back four without google.

      • Leazes Ender

        I can’t name our back four without googling it.

  • Geordiegiants

    This is better, a three year deal so if it goes pear shaped, we don’t have players stuck on stupid contracts, and if he comes good we can extend it.

    • HarryHype59

      The club is still committing £12.5m in fees and wages. It adds up when several of these type of players cannot be moved on and rot in the reserves.

      • Geordiegiants

        Yeah but not as bad as these five and six year deals for Riviera, Soviet etc.

        • HarryHype59

          So why not sign better players?

          • Geordiegiants

            Well I think the plan was they were going to be stars, but as per usual they were shyte.

          • Albert Stubbins

            I think he’s just a replacement for Murphy mate- I anticipate a decent striker to come in late- possibly Perez. At least thirty mill left to be spent by my calculations. Let’s wait and see.

  • Martin Rooney

    Another Riviere, at best and now Rafa’s gona spend money on a keeper, when we still have to pay half of Sels money at a champions league team have a dutch international playing pigeon toss with the kids and a wonder kid not even on a bench not learning owt. Looking to buy wingers who won’t get on the bench, and leaving no money for a real striker. Rafa’s lost it, it’s bad enough his football is boring but seeing us collect more tosspots who we’ll be stuck with when he is gone is worrying. His quotes on new players seem to show he’s not as astute as the projected image.
    ON Murphy, ‘we were watching his brother’ on Merino ‘ My friends in Spain say he is a good player as a youngster’, Joselu, we heard about him when he played for Real Madrid. Add that to buying a Sunderland reject and it can’t give you confidence.

    • TheFatController

      I didn’t think Mike Ashley read this site, but then here you are Mike with this very balanced account of Rafa’s transfer dealings.

      Nothing like ignoring the good and focusing on the bad, eh?

      Makes you wonder why five of his summer signings have been at Real, Atletico, Manchester City, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund ….?

      You haven’t included the dreadful mistakes that are Gayle, Clark, Yedlin, Hayden, Murphy, Ritchie? Now we’re saddled with them for years too.

      Pardew will come back and sort this all out no problem, so no need to worry…

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        makes you wonder why they still aren`t there !

        • TheFatController

          Because they weren’t good enough for the ‘latter stages of the champions league’ level teams.

          Does that mean they aren’t good enough for us – are we at a higher level ?

          Lukaku and Sigurdson were let go by bigger clubs …

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Nufc players are judged on price not quality under the Pie Man

      • Martin Rooney

        Lazarr, Hanley, Diame, Gamez, Joselu, as for players who have been at, et al, Jo, Robihno, Kaka, Faubert, aspas, martinez the list is endless, I could point you to another flop at real madrid but I like him so I won’t mention his name, can you guess?

        • TheFatController

          Hanley wasn’t a bad signing, diame cost little and played plenty, not great but got us promoted.

          You seem intent on focusing on negatives with an ‘anti -Rafa agenda’ which I find bizarre – I attempted balance but you went straight back to polarised angry agenda-led debate which if ok with you I’ll let others indulge.

          • Martin Rooney

            Not anti Rafa, but don’t have rose tinted glasses the reality is, if he sold players he had a massive budget this year, he didn’t he hasn’t been shrewd in dealing this year or last for that matter. His football is boring but the results cannot be argued against and the truth is he had spurs right were he wanted them at the weekend. Had the ref done his job correctly Kane would have been off shelvey wouldn’t have happened with them down to 10 we’d have beaten them, so it can’t be argued he isn’t very very good at his job. Hanley isn’t in the picture 12 months after signing and nobody seems to want to take him so wasn;t a good signing. As for who would be my choice of manager, Sean Dyche.

          • TheFatController

            Problem is, no manager of any standing will take the job, based on the following knowledge;-

            – Hughton got them promoted, won at Arsenal, beat Villa 6-0 and had the 5-1 and was sacked
            – Kevin Keegan won a court case that confirmed he’d been lied to and undermined
            – Alan Shearer was dumped acrimoniously
            – Rafa Benitez has a great CV, won them promotion, had the majority of fans on his side and was lied to and undermined

            Now, if you’re a good manager currently in a job, what of the above lends itself towards ‘worth leaving behind a secure job’ for – they wouldn’t be a legend or have won the club promotion so they’d be in a weaker position than the four mentioned and easier therefore for Ashley to mess around …

          • Zin

            Our squad is poor by premier league standards, just look at West Ham who got thumped by Man U, the squad the hammers have is far far superior to ours.
            The only hope we have is Rafas organization and getting maximum out of average players.
            If Rafa leaves you are right, we are left with average at best players on long contracts who will never leave.
            Without Rafa we are doomed….

          • HarryHype59

            Heretic!

          • HarryHype59

            Hanley isn’t rated by the man who bought him for six million.

    • hetonmag

      It would be interesting to know who you would have as our manager we got promoted with Rafa at the first time of asking, and given a better budget by our awful owner he would have us at least competing with the best in the premier.

    • Jezza

      You can’t blame Rafa for these underwhelming signings. Blame the fat greedy parasite creaming huge amounts of money out of our club to line his own pockets and leaving Rafa with the impossible task of building a Premiership team on a shoestring.

    • Cuh

      You will NEVER find another Riviere. Players like that come once in a lifetime

      • Leazes Ender

        I’m sure they are trying their best.

      • Geordiegiants

        Can you not remember Andreas Anderson!

  • Leazes Ender

    Has he recovered from his Achilles tendon problems yet?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      😂😂😂😂

    • Geordiegiants

      Nice of you to get up!

  • Leicester Mag

    We need to reserve judgment but sounds like Gouffran Mark 2. Currently weakest we have ever been in PL upfront and while he may be an asset not exactly the step change we need to thrive rather than survive. Currently lots of indigos rather than purples in this squad!

    • Damon Horner

      Genuinely, do you feel he is weaker than Papiss Cisse?

      • Danimal

        That’s an interesting one. Cisse was amazing in the first few months – and he still got us out of trouble on a few occasions during his later, injury-plagued phase. If this guy scores 13 goals in his first 12 games I’ll be impressed, surprised and delighted. In no particular order. I think this signing shows how desperate we are but at the same time, I welcome the lad and hope he has every success.

        • Damon Horner

          Probably all we might need from him maybe, just a different type of player that can help convert 0-0’s into 1-0’s. Might make the difference between relegation and survival if he can.

  • hetonmag

    The usual incumbents on this forum having a good old moan this morning, what exactly do you expect Rafa to do with his hands tied as far as the budget is concerned. Do you want him to walk away, believe me our club is at the crossroads because only Rafa can stop our club imploding, because the owner doesn’t give a stuff.

    • HarryHype59

      You make a fair point on the budget restrictions! However, I would prefer to see three better quality signings made than six bench warmers. The lack of quality up front is alarming for this level.

      • hetonmag

        So what’s the solution Harry and Leazes. ??

        • HarryHype59

          I would like to see more focus on the first eleven rather than building squads. let’s sign two or three better quality players rather then six or seven shirt fillers.

          • hetonmag

            I would love that but it wouldn’t work over a season suspensions and injury’s would put payed to that, and as long as Lucifer owns this club he will always make thing’s difficult for any manager.

          • Mal

            It’s a point some people fail to understand. We’re 3 down after only 1 game.

          • HarryHype59

            Using that logic surely we can replace those players with the toxic assets rotting in the reserves and draining the wage bill. Hanley and Haidara can come in for Lejourne and Dummet!

          • Damon Horner

            I’d agree if you could be certain the signings made actually would be a huge improvement and don’t flatter to deceive.

            You see players moving for big sums all the time and not all of them work out.

          • Mal

            I think the problem we have there is that the squad is now up to 30 (I think) and we have to submit a 25 man squad on 1/9. I doubt if Rafa would want to include either of the 2 you mention. There are probably 6 or 7 who he’s hoping to move out before then (either by sale or loan) including the 2 you mention. He could I suppose use them before 1/9 but he probably has better options.
            I take your point though. I personally feel with the money he apparently has available he is doing his best to strengthen the overall quality of the squad which means he can’t make those big signings he knows he needs. He’s having to spread the jam a bit thinly.
            I think as the deadline date draws closer we will unload some of those unwanted players but it will probably cost us one way or the other.

    • Leazes Ender

      He’s not going to stop the implosion with this squad I’m afraid.

    • Zin

      Well said mate, without Rafa this squad is rock bottom. The first half against spurs showed what to expect for the season.

    • Whitehurst

      He hasn’t even played a game yet…and people are already moaning!! Get a grip!!

      • Leazes Ender

        Without looking….. what is his name?

        • Whitehurst

          Xisco?!

  • Desree

    He has a marginally better record tjan Riviere and costs .25m less.

    What is there to moan about. I am praying for the Sibierski effect.

    • Leazes Ender

      Scores goals when fit….. hardly ever fit.

  • Leazes Ender

    I see the Chronicle are in full spin with ‘United fans delighted with fantastic Rafa signing’ and ‘Why Shelvey’s red card is great news for United’…..

    In the same way as the H2 link to Manchester is great news for Tyneside and how the London olympics will brought thousands of new jobs to our area.

  • Steve Pearce

    Welcome to Newcastle Jos and ignore all the people who reckon your’e shyte because they couldn’t find their ass with both hands and speak a load of mierda…

  • Martin

    I see that we have just lost out to Everton on the signing off the £45 million Sigurdsson. On the plus side, looking at the Evening Chronicle’s section ‘What next after the Magpies sign Joselu’, apparently this means that Everton are willing to let McCarthy go, for in advance of £20 million. Sources say Newcastle are interested.

  • 8prestondave

    Wonder what the odds are on him getting a brace on his debut. Got a good feeling about this.

  • Jacqui Kelly

    For goodness sake ….. let’s all get in a positive mood .. fans stand by Rafa one hundred per cent .. he is the professional and knows the score with the hierarchy upstairs….. he loves this club and fans …..and by hook or by crook he will get us there – have faith!

    Mike Ashley you cannot take your money with you and by the size of your belly … you should be worried – unless it’s your money bags! Get lost!.