According to the Shields Gazette, Stoke City’s Joselu is closing on a move to Newcastle United as head coach Rafael Benitez looks to boost his forward options.
Newcastle have been linked with Joselu since the start of the month, and it is now being reported that the two Premier League clubs have come to an agreement.
The 27-year-old scored four Premier League goals for Stoke during the 2015-16 season, but spent last term on loan at Deportivo La Coruna – managing six goals in 24 appearances for the Spanish outfit.
It is understood that the forward is not in the plans of Stoke boss Mark Hughes this season, but Benitez sees his fellow Spaniard as a good option in the Premier League.
Newcastle suffered a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League opener on Sunday, and it would be fair to say that the Magpies lacked a cutting edge in the final third of the field.
Joselu has experience of playing at this level of football, although the Newcastle supporters are not overly impressed with their club’s latest piece of reported transfer activity.
Understand Stoke striker Joselu's due on Tyneside for a medical today ahead of a move to Newcastle. #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) August 14, 2017
So we're buying from stoke NOW??? 🙈
— Ad Hill (@82ddf76c2dc3461) August 14, 2017
Getting desperate now. Going to be a looooong season. 😔
— Dodds (@Doddsy_86) August 14, 2017
— Steve Harding (@Romanez) August 14, 2017
Could not be less interested in this. A Daryl Murphy replacement, nothing more. But for twice the price. Excellent.
— Sam Cook (@Funguslover) August 14, 2017
If reports are true how depressing is the fact we're getting Joselu and Stoke are signing Jese on loan why can't we go for him ?
— Jake Turnbull (@JakeRTurnbull) August 14, 2017
I've never heard of a more underwhelming signing😔hopefully he'll prove us all wrong
— NUFC Jeff (@NUFCJeff7) August 14, 2017
I'm guessing/ hoping he's a Murphy replacement and another more mobile striker to follow. We need 4 strikers
— mark kidger (@bomber78m) August 14, 2017
Doesn't bode well for mitrovic
— TheGeordieWhisperer (@Number9NUFC) August 14, 2017