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.