Apparently, Newcastle went in with what has been called a derisory bid for Stoke City striker Joselu.
How often have we heard that with Newcastle – but the idea is to try to set the expectations for the selling club – so the fee will be small – it may even work sometimes.
But in these days of ridiculous transfer fees with the emphasis on ridiculous – maybe £20M was a derisory bid as far as Stoke were concerned.
The striker is another Spanish player Rafa is after, and he happened to be born in Germany of Spanish parents, and if we are after him, Rafa must rate the player and think he can do a job for the side.
27 year-old Spanish striker Joselu
The Shields Gazette has a report out today that Newcastle is considering going in with an improved bid for the player.
It’s interesting if we knew what the Newcastle bid was but it was probably around £5M after he was signed two years ago from Hanover for £5.75M and he hasn’t exactly lit up the Premier League with his performances.
We are still hoping we can get Arsenal’s Lucas Perez into Newcastle, but the £13.4M transfer fee appears to be too much for Newcastle.
It would also appear that Rafa doesn’t have near the £70M he was reported as having in the local papers earlier in the summer.
If he did have the £70M, we still would have over £50M to spend in the market – but we don’t know the state of the cash flow within the club.
Here’s what Stoke’s England International goalkeeper Jack Butland had to say about his team-mate this week as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“That’s the thing with Jossie – he comes up with goals.”
“He’s had a tough time of it. He’s had to make the move. He’s had injuries. He’s had to go back and forth to Spain.”
“So it’s tough for him, but we all know what kind of player he is, and it would be brilliant to see him find some kind of form.”
“I’d love to see him a part of what we are doing, but I don’t know what his ambitions are, or what the club’s plans are for him.
“But if he keeps coming up with goals for us, then obviously we’d want to keep him around.”
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