Joselu has passed his medical and agreed terms with Newcastle, and the local papers were reporting yesterday he could even have been announced last night as the sixth summer signing this summer – but it didn’t happen.
If everything is OK – as it looks like it is – we expect Joselu to be announced this morning and the 27-year-old could prove to be a good signing for us.
We hope the 27-year-old will prove to be a good signing for us!
27-year-old Striker Joselu – a Newcastle player today?
Here’s what Sky Sports Keith Downey tweeted yesterday.
Joselu medical complete and personal terms agreed. Newcastle in the process of finalising the transfer of the Spaniard.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 15, 2017
We are linked with Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere but not sure how we can afford to bring him in as he has a hefty fee of £20M on him – and that for a player who has just one year left on his contract at the Gunners – seems high.
In the last couple of days, we have also been linked with Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and Legia Warsaw center-back Michal Pazdan and both would be good buys for us for around £4M each.
And we don’t think Rafa has given up on Lucas Perez of Arsenal yet and he would provide us with a bit of real class up front and would be a very popular signing with Newcastle fans.
Maybe Benitez can get both Perez and Wilshere from Arsenal in a double deal, but both would probably have to come in on loan this summer with an option to buy the players next year.
That sounds very unlikely.
Newcastle should also be able to get Kenedy in on loan from Chelsea, but that maybe has to wait a week or two until the Blues bring in some additional reinforcements to their own squad.
We were also linked yesterday with Bristol City’s excellent left-back Joe Bryan, but City would want close to £10M for him, and presumably, we don’t have that money.
Maybe he’s one we go after next summer when we have more money in the coffers?
We are still upbeat that Rafa and Lee Charnley can get maybe four more players in within the next 15 days.
If we can do that, it will have been a decent enough window for us, but Rafa will not have the class of players he was hoping for.
But Rafa being Rafa (as in brilliant manager) he can create a good team out of what he has.
We saw some of that talent on Sunday afternoon when we were as good as Tottenham for 48 minutes until Jonjo Shelvey’s utter stupidity lost us that game.
In Rafa, we trust – completely.