Yes – It’s Official – Newcastle Complete Signing Of Joselu On Three Year Deal

Newcastle United have finally completed the signing of 27-year-old striker Joselu from Stoke City.

Newcastle has just announced the acquisition on their web site.

He becomes the sixth summer signing, but Rafa wants four more players (at least) – in addition to Joselu – brought into the club in the next two weeks – while the summer transfer window is still open.

Joselu has signed – he looks good in black and white!

This is the piece put out by Newcastle on Joselu minutes ago:

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.

This is what Joselu has said about joining Newcastle United.

“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.”

“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.”

Seems the player is thrilled to be at Newcastle – that’s good!

Newcastle manager Rafa Benítez had this to say about his new signing:

“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.”

We welcome the 27-year-old to the Tyneside club and think he’s a savvy signing by Rafa.

What do you think?

Comment welcome.

100 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Penfold has been jossled into this signing!

  • Tsunki

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    All aboard!

  • G

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    This signing may well surprise a lot of people. Fair enough, he isn’t a prolific goalscorer, but according to the Stoke fans who are upset at him leaving, he has great technical ability, and really upsets defenses. At this price, he could prove to be a bargain.

  • lesh

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Prem clubs proposing to close the summer window at the start of the season. NUFC reported likely to vote against. If the window was shut then, we’d be lucky to complete moves by the following Janyary by the time it takes Charnley to move,

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Welsh…are you sure it’s not on a 5 year deal? …most be a mistake!

  • EllaGuru

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    I wonder what Mitro thinks about this signing. I have not seen much of this Joselu lad, but from what I have seen, he is definitely not a pace merchant that Rafa typically likes to play. Has he been brought in to bully defences in the last 20 minutes of a game?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    lesh…”Desolation Raw” is definitely a good call! …basically the fact that circus is in town says it all

  • booboo

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    lets see what he can do in a black and white shirt….

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #9

    We don’t really need a bargain do we…we need goals!

    G…what are the Stoke fans, who are happy to see him go, saying?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Well lets see how this one plays out…there most be more to it!

  • Tsunki

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Enough of the optimism Jesper you’re freaking us all out! 🙂

  • RonVanDam

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope the club still goes after Perez. His style of play is suited to this team. Hungry, committed and has an urgency about his play. Can only hope.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #13

    If he can hold the ball up up front and bring other players into play and maybe score half a dozen then he will do me – because at the moment when the ball goes upfront it comes straight back

  • posada

    Aug 16, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #14

    So, on forwards it’s D.Murphy out and this lad in.
    Is that an improvement.
    Well, Rafa must think so. I’ll go with that.

    Is this the best we can hope for.
    A 20-25 million pound forward now would be dependent on Mitro going out for say 12-15 million.
    Too many things need to line up there.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeah Tsunki…I just love some good news

  • Klatoon

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Spot on @Charlie, we need the ball to stick when it gets upfield. It was frankly embarrassing seeing our defenders boot it up to Gayle and Perez. Vertoghen and Alderweireld hardly broke a sweat all game

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Yeah mate that’s all it did Sunday. Hoof ball to Gayle

  • Mag52

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18



    Yes it looks like an upgrade on Big Darryl Murphy.
    Hopefully he’ll have the same positive attitude as Darryl had. I can see him getting a lot more playing time than big Darryl.

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #19


    an honest question
    have you actual seen this lad play ???

  • martoon

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Klatoon @16 – Agreed, while it was 11 v 11 we were defending quite well but had no attacking threat whatsoever apart from hoof it up the field. Only in the last 5 minutes did we create any meaningful attacks but I suspect Spurs had ‘taken their foot off’ by then?

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #21

    He played for real madrid, regardless of when, he must have something as RM only sign players that do one of 2 things
    1 sell shirts
    2 have talent
    if you have both then great.
    he wasn’t a shirt seller so it must be that he had talent.
    never really watched him in a full game , but the clips i have seen suggests he strikes the ball well is decent in the air.

    looking forward to seeing the guy play for us.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    hibbit…only as a sub for Stoke once or twice. Didn’t see him in Spain

    …an honest question hibbit. If you and I attended a game, what are the chances that we would give a different opinion on both the game and how players did?

    The stats that are accessible gives a clearer picture of what kind of player we are talking about and what he can and cannot offer…

    He has never delivered whether it was in Germany, Spain of here in England…he’s 27 now so this it’s a long shot thinking it will happen now…that is my honest opinion!

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    “When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez when it’s Easter time, too,
    And your gravity fails and negativity don’t pull you through …”

  • stingray

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #24

    Not the most impressive of signings (if he can’t get a game for Stoke!)…but I’m prepared to give him a chance.

    But reason we are not scoring goals is not just lack of strikers…its our whole approach play…and its been like this for sometime…I’m not just responding to Sunday’s game.

    We hoof the ball way too much for this day and age. We teach all our youth teams to play out from the back, so you can play through a team that presses you, but under the slightest pressure we hoof it – all the defenders and the keeper. And then its just a “50:50” just inside their half, which you invariably lose as its 3 defenders marking one attacker.
    For all Rafa is a great coach, I’m surprised this style of football has continued. Either he’s not telling them, they don’t understand, or they just can’t do it.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Welcome Joselu – a great move for all concerned
    Make with the positive vibes Moriarty. ?

    A mobile physical player who is a great header of the ball surrounded by buzzing wingers such as Atsu,Ritchie and Aarons with Gayle hoovering up the knock downs and through balls – Rafa has a plan for sure.

  • posada

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #27

    Pleased Leguene is only out for a few weeks.
    It could have been a really bad one.
    I think our player should have seen it coming and protected himself to some degree.
    Reason he did not is possibly because it was his first game in the Prem.
    Perhaps in Spain you can play safe in the knowledge that you won’t get a tackle like that.
    I think he will be ready next time.

    Remember HBA was badly hurt in one of his first games.
    You get bad tackles. The worst is over the top of the ball.
    It is regarded as really bad because if you are on the receiving end of one there is nothing you can do to protect yourself.

    Coming in from the side like that you have a split second to ride the challenge etc.
    Having said that Kane just about sits on his leg trapping it under his body. Nasty.

    Keith Hackett said it was yellow. But he also said the Cahill one where he walked was yellow. Think if HK had been on the receiving end of it our player would have been off.

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    if you and i attended a game i would except a difference of opinions on how we played or who we thought was man of the match its all down to opinions

    if you attend a game would you be happy with my opinion if i had only seen 3/4 minutes of highlights

    i asked if you had seen him play because so far i have not come across one poster who can say they have seen him play more than a few minutes i thought with you being so dead against him i thought you must have been the exception to the rule which your obviously not

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    hibbit…you have to take into account what’s on offer in is CV and portfolio…you simply cannot erase it all and just say “hi Rafa rates him, then the others most have been wrong”!

    He’s 27 mate and he cannot live on potential any more!

    Your example is not really fitting to this discussion…your’re not stating from scratch each time you give a review on a player or evaluate him. Of course I can only speak for myself and that is only what I do.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Comment from a Stoke supporter:

    “Gutted about this. He had an amazing pre-season for us, and I reckon he’ll be monstrous for Newcastle! Congrats to the Toons on what I suspect will be a great deal.”

    Let’s see!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #31

    hibbit…you will actually find plenty of posters on here (if we just stick to this room) who are a bit confused about this signing…

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #32


    Didn’t think I was imagining it

    From the Chronic:

    Where does he play?

    Lewis Gibson operates primarily as a left-back but he can also play as a centre-half.

  • Klatoon

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #33

    Not many were pleased when we signed Demba Ba. Just saying. Stats, price tags and reputations count for little these days…especially when strikers are involved. A 50mill Torres is not guaranteed to do better than a Vardy from the pub.

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #34

    ok we will just have to see if your opinion is valid at the end of the season

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #35

    In question to Ron’s post:

    hibbit…have you been on to the Stoke fan-forum and praising Joselu 😉

  • hibbit

    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #36

    i didn’t ask if posters were confused about this signing i asked had anyone seen him play !!!

  • RUNAWAY777

    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #37

    Will just have wait see how the lad goes just told a friends son he’ll have my ticket for a few games as I am goes back to turkey side to be exact for 4 weeks end of sept work calls

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #38

    Klatoon…if I remember correctly Ba’s stats were actually great (it was fitness or injury concern I believe)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #39

    hibbit…and you got your answer 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #40

    Runaway…that’s a nice gesture


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