Deportivo Alaves is located in the Basque Country and have shown interest in 29-year-old striker Joselu who will be leaving Newcastle this summer,
The Basque club finished 11th in La Liga last season but will not pay anywhere near the £5M we paid Stoke City for Joselu two years ago.
The fee is said to be about one-third of that – £1.7M – but the Spanish club want him on a free transfer since he has only one year left on his three-year deal at Newcastle.
He was an emergency signing that manager Rafa Benitez was forced into because Ashley wouldn’t pay for more expensive strikers Rafa had targeted.
Joselu – goodbye? – close to signing for Deportivo Alaves
But it looks like the deal is done if Newcastle will make him a free agent and Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Alaves are just ‘waiting to announce’ the signing.
We’ll have to see if Newcastle receive a fee for Joselu but we should – he’s worth something to a La Liga side.
We have to wonder if Newcastle may be waiting until something happens at Newcastle before they announce the deal?
Like Rafa signing a new deal – before they let any contracted players leave the club.
Are Newcastle really going to let Rafa’s contract run out – there are only 18 days left – just two and a half weeks.
And four days after Rafa’s June 20th our players will be back for preseason training.
What a mess!
Mo Diame could also be leaving Newcastle – but he has been released and is a free agent next month and can now negotiate his own deal with another club.
What do you think?