According to the Chronicle, La Liga side Alaves are keen to sign Joselu – and it’s reported that the Spaniard is ‘open’ to the move.
There’s a lot of uncertainty on Tyneside right now, with questions remaining over a takeover and Rafa Benitez’s future, but one thing that seems fairly clear is that Joselu’s time at the club is coming to an end.
He’s barely featured this year and hasn’t been able to cut it at Premier League level, meaning a move away would surely suit all parties.
A move back to Spain could now be on the cards, with the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas having the following to say in the last few moments:
‘Spanish club Alaves want to sign Newcastle United’s out-of-favour forward Joselu.
‘The La Liga club want ten new arrivals and are ready to make a bid for the United forward and West Ham’s Lucas Perez to bolster their forward line.
‘Coach Asier Garitano has identified Joselu , who started his career at Real Madrid, as a potentially affordable addition – and he is available with Newcastle looking to refresh their forward line.
‘Sources in Spain have suggested that he has come out of scouting meeting favourably and that the player himself would be open to the move.‘
Alaves finished the 2018/19 La Liga season in a 11th, but were one of the league’s lowest scoring sides, managing just 39 goals in 38 games.
The piece admits that Newcastle don’t expect to recoup the £5m paid to sign him from Stoke two years ago, stating any offers around that figure would be accepted by the club.
He’s a hard worker and seems a good bloke, but the fact he’s scored just 7 goals in 52 games shows he’s just not good enough, unfortunately.
In fairness, it’s not just been his lack of goals that have let him down of late, with Salomon Rondon’s ability to hold the ball up, link the play and bully his man showing just how poor the Spaniard’s all round play really was.
Let’s hope this is a deal that can be wrapped up this summer, with it seeming like a move that could well suit all parties.