Sky Sports Now Reporting Newcastle Close To Signing Big Striker – Good In The Air

There is growing evidence that Newcastle is closing in on the signing of 27-year-old Stoke City 6ft 3ins Spanish striker Joselu.

The Chronicle reported yesterday by Lee Ryder that two deals were close – that for Joselu and also for a season loan deal for Kenedy – the 21-year-old Chelsea Brazilian star.

Not there’s news from Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague – who has close ties with Rafa Benitez – that Joselu is indeed close to joining Newcastle for £5M- as we had suggested in our report earlier today.

Sky Sports’ Spanish football reporter Guillem Balague

Here’s the tweet from Guillem Balague who has written a biography on Rafa;s time at Liverpool.

Joselu will give us a different option up front with his height and physicality.

But we cannot see Aleksandar Mitrovic leaving the club.

Surely Mitro will stay and as will Chancel Mbemba, who put in another competent display for Newcastle from the bench yesterday against Spurs after new signing Florian Lejeune was injured in the first half and had to come off.

Rafa is after more good players so he can keep the competition for places high all over the park for Newcastle this season.

Seems good to us as long as we can get the players in this month.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • DeanToon88

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Disappointing signing if true, we need a p[proper goalscorer who can bang in 15+ a season, not some anonymous player who is unheard of.

  • magscar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #2


    Apparently Ian Wright questioning fans for booing Alli – thinks he was innocent but misses that fans were annoyed at his over reactions to tackles throughout match and his little niggly moments not just Shelvey incident.

    Wright another of the London centric pundits with biased views based purely on moments in game but have not watched whole game or have been watching one side only.

    Good player but annoying and hasn’t sorted out that part of his game unless you call acting the innocent and injured party all the time is being more professional.

  • magscar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #3

    As Ed is getting in to gear will have a break I think.

  • magscar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4


    It is evident that Rafa is having to “make do and mend,” 🙁

    Just hope as with likes of Manquillo, Merino and Lejeune he can take a relative flop at other clubs and fashion into decent to good player for us.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    ‘ I asked for a bespoke piece of wooden craftsmanship from an artisan supplier in London and they got me a second hand pine wardrobe from Stoke’. 🙂

  • Budge123

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #6

    I would imagine some transfers will be on hold until the injury time on Dimmers and Lejeune are known.

    As money is scare if it’s bad news they might need to be replaced also.

    Can’t see Perez and Joselu coming in.
    Don’t know Joselu but didn’t know other signings either and they all looked good.
    So here’s hoping. ….

  • martoon

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #7

    I honestly can’t remember him – a bit worrying he can’t get in the Stoke team!

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    in many ways im pleased with the game yesterday, we played spurs, who are a great team right now, and gave them very little, it also gave a glimps of the players abilities at this level, forced into making defensive changes, and the team coped well IMO.
    the loss should galvanize the team spirit, 11 v 11 we held our own, and thats what Rafa will drum into his players

  • Markaccus

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #9

    I watch a fair bit of spanish football, and one of the very few pundits I have any time for is Guillem Balague. He keeps things simple amd honest. Never known him to either sugar coat or sensationalise anything. I’d be tempted to accept his appraisal of Joselu.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #10

    stoke has some great players on paper, but we didnt see them last season, very poor manager, so if we are in for Joselu, it could be a good signing

  • martoon

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #11

    I was at the game yesterday – when it was 11 v 11 I agree we were defending well but I was a bit concerned that our attacking mostly consisted of a ball over the top for Gayle of Atsu to run on to hoping for a fortunate flick or rebound. Only in the last 10 minutes of the game did we seem to mount any kind of meaningful attacks with passing but probably because Spurs ‘took their foot off’.

  • Dave76

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Let’s start with Shelvey is an idiot

    Before the sending off I thought we looked organised and solid and could well have nicked one on the break as we seemed to be getting the ball forward much quicker than last year which was quite ponderous at times.

    Don’t understand all the complaints about replacing gayle with merino at the end.the game was over no point in risking a Gayle injury especially as he had not played much in pre season and merino is going to have to replace shelvey for at least 3 games (hopefully permanently if he plays well) so it was good to get him a little bit of game time

    Hopefully we can get a couple more players in and build on what we did well

  • Our Toon

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #13


    If anything Wrighty hates spurs more than any other team. We tried to wind Alli up but he kept his cool and got our brain dead idiot sent off

  • Mr Funk

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #14

    Not too sure about Joselu – I guess we will have to wait and see. If it is £5m, i guess that is an OK price. I would probably preferred £5m to be spent on Lewis Holtby.

    I wonder if we were in for that striker from Austria – Olarenwaju Kayode – he is about to sign for Man City. He could have been a good signing for NUFC. The annoying thing about that striker going to Man City is that he will probably never play for Man City, he will go out on loan repeatedly and then probably sold at the end of his contract. This is unfair as it is depriving other clubs the opportunity of getting a good player.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Ashley: “I actually now believe that Newcastle will look to make mid-table this season and maybe we can make the cup a priority this season.

    “We can get ourselves safe and then go for a cup.”

    But I won’t give Rafa the means to do it, he didn’t add.

  • Jib

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #16
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #17

    My match report from yesterday incase anyone missed it for what it’s worth

    Just got in from match

    Looks likes our injury hoodoo strikes again less than 45 minutes into the season
    Along with the red mist

    Thought we matched the Spuds first half even with loosing two of our defensive four. Mind you thought they looked sluggish – more interested in niggly little fouls, whinging to the ref and getting people booked – Ali main culprit all afternoon
    Didn’t see what happened to Dummett was following the game but Kane’s tackle on LeJuene was a shocker – if that had been Mitrovich he would have been sent –off.
    Then the NOB Shelvey gets himself sent-off straight after half-time.
    To be honest I do NOT want to see him a black ‘n’ white strip again – get rid.
    At the same time Ali was lucky not to get a yellow card for turning around and shoving Hayden in the chest – Mariner only giving him a talking to.
    Also not much up front when you play Gayle and Perez up-front – Me would of started with Mitrovich and Gayle or Perez.
    After Shelvey got sent The Spuds controlled the game without being brilliant.
    Defence left with no cover until Perez was hooked for Merino who did more than Shelvey did all game.

    Here goes merit marks
    Elliott 7 – did OK – pulled off one excellent block from Kane distribution better than normal with a couple of excellent throw outs – but needs to be quicker to make his mind up and humping it in the air to Gayle waste of time.

    Manquilla 7 – did OK looks good going forward and can pick a pass not sure if was at fault for one of the goals as the ball got a slight deflection.

    Clark 7 – steady as a rock all game

    Le Juene 7 – Looks class had Kane in his pocket and Kane knew it until his cynical tackle. Hope he is not out to long will a big miss

    Dummett – not on long enough

    Lascalles 6 – looks slow needs more match time but did OK switched off for their first goal

    Mbemba 6 – did ok but again looked slow needs match time to get his match fitness back

    Atsu 9 Man of the match by a mile caused the Spuds defence trouble all-afternoon.
    Had brilliant run and pull back across the box but Gayle couldn’t keep up or not up to match fitness or read the situation

    Shelvey 1 for pulling the shirt on – did nothing all afternoon game passed him by except for one pass late on. Got caught in possession to many times – NOB

    Hayden 8 – had a excellent game in midfield got in amongst the Spuds midfield – disrupted them time and time again and made good use of the ball

    Perez 4 – largely anonymous ran round with little impact twice first half took the wrong option should of passed inside to Shelvey and got a shot off but dallied on the ball to long

    Gayle 5 – Still rusty – not up to match speed yet and easily bullied off the ball.

    Ritchie 6 – Got in a lot of work on the wing linked up well with Manquilla but little end product.

    Merino 7 – that’s for the last ten minutes did more than Shelvey in that time good passer of the ball set up a couple of decent attacks and always wanted the ball and when he did not have the found space to receive the ball.

    RAFA 7 – seemed to have changed the style of play – playing with a higher tempo – might of started with Mitro as he is match fit and adds a bit of muscle upfront – Perez and Gayle to lightweight together.

    Marriner 3 – let spuds get away with far too much yet pulled us up time and time again. Could of easily give Kane his marching orders Oh I forgot he plays for England

  • check the toastie

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Rafa is such a great coach he will keep us up with this squad, however he must feel done over by Ashley and Reckon unless he’s given some pace up front ala Perez, think he could walk.
    We most certainly go down without Rafa, Ashley is a moron, only reason he did sky interview was to offer a sales pitch to prospective buyers. Man is clueless, only needs to back Rafa a touch and we would be comfortable this year and would then push on next. Dickhead the man is.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Typically after Sundays fiasco courtesy of Shelvey the transfer target list grows by the minute, latest I think is this one:
    Newcastle United will enter the race for Genoa and Uruguay star Diego Laxalt.

    Whichever way I look it Shelvey not for the first time has ruined a match and lost us points, brought the club into disrepute and we have to see the less than favourable newspaper headlines such as “Loony Toon ” Not that he’s alone as Ronaldo was sent off against Barcelona and may have pushed the ref in the process.

    My mood and maybe others is increasingly gloomy due to Ashley, Charnley and now Shelvey pishing on my shoes. This week and I mean this week they need to do the deals that bring in at least four new players including some with PL experience and stature.
    Ashley’s claims that there’s no money and the fact that the likes of Bournemouth are spending their Sky money from last season rather misses the point. It was all avoidable with good planning and investment that could have prevented relegation and kept the coffers healthy. Instead we’re playing catch up. Does Ashley have any long term business plan ? It would seem not and the wheeler-dealer approach evident with SD and a casino mentality does little to endear anyone to his running of the club. Invest now and get the reward and payback in the summer with the TV money and increased revenues.

    Go Charnley Go – get the players we need, give Rafa the tools to do the job ( although he has on in Shelvey ) and put the club, the fans and the City back into a positive position.

  • beermonkey

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #20


    What was gayle like off the ball

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #21

    As for Ian Shight cannot watch MOD when he is on hasn’t a good word to say about the TOON and it’s fans.

    pat Nevin summed up the game yesterday on Radio 4 yesterday.

    Newcastle will strugge this season due to lack of strength in depth of their squad but they were very unlucky yesterday with injuries disrupting their back four. As for the spuds title contenders – don’t think so

  • lochinvar

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #22

    And Ings is back on the list

  • check the toastie

    Aug 14, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Man quills is average at best, reminds me of Danny Simpson but a touch better. Membrane should be tried at right back, marauding up and down the flank, think he’s been hard done by Chancel.
    Spanish kid in the middle of the park looks gravy, concerned we haven’t got him as permanent deal, he’s going to be snapped up by money clubs quickly.
    I hate What Ashley has done to our club.

  • Klatoon

    Aug 14, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Nobody noticed how anonymous Ritchie was ? Also Cant help but wonder what subs Rafa would have made if we did not lose Dummet and Lejeune.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Aug 14, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25

    I can’t help but think we are giving £5 million for someone strong and good in the air when we already have one of those!!

    Can he be any better than Mitro at £5 million?? I would say no

    I am not Mitros biggest fan either but he is younger, going into his third season in English football, so is more used to the league, played more games in England.

    After yesterday’s first half performance I was pleasantly surprised to be honest and always have trusted what Rafa wants to do but I am looking at this Joselu and thinking he can’t be any better than Mitro at all…

    Only answer I could come up with is that they can sell Mitro for about £15 mill and get a similar style and standard player for £5 mill would give Rafa some money to play with

  • Phil K

    Aug 14, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Ian “Hypocrite” Wright has been at it again, has he ? I remember his and the rets of the Arsenal team pestering and ranting at Graham Poll after we’d beaten them 3-1 at Highbury under Bobby Robson, and agreeing with Arsenal fans booing the referee because (wait for it) he gave a penalty because last man Campbell pulled down Robert FROM BEHIND in the penalty area !
    “Hypocrite” is an understatement. But he’s done this before against Newcastle fans.

  • Phil K

    Aug 14, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Who is “Uruguay star” Diego Laxative ?

  • Tenbytoon

    Aug 14, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Great more deadwood in before we’ve got it out

  • browny1107

    Aug 14, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Quite dissapointed that we seem to be funding Stoke’s move for Jese with this transfer. much rather we went for Jese, he would be ideal and has worked with rafa before.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 14, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Read Ashley’s statement. He is going to finance no more more signings. Rafa’s face said it all.
    The big problem is the huge amounts to money is creating. Those already in the mix have the money to strengthen, the three newbies can not compete because prices have been driven absurdly high. So is premiership football become a case of the three prompted teams going down the next year ad infinitum ? It is simply unfair. Fine for those already on the gravy train but disaster for the newly promoted. I have always maintained that the to money should be distributed through the whole of the football league.
    We can only cling to the slim hope thatMA has a surge of conscience and allows further signings. You know it makes sense!

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 14, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #31

    To = TV


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