Reliable journalist: Newcastle in advanced talks to sign striker, Benitez also hopeful of landing flyer
By Harry Sykes
Newcastle United are in advanced talks to sign Stoke City striker Joselu, according to a reliable journalist.
The Chronicle’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday shortly ahead of their league opener against Tottenham that that the Magpies remain in contact with Stoke over a deal for the 27-year-old.
Ryder also reported that Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is also hopeful of signing Chelsea left-sided flyer Kenedy.
He explained on Twitter that Blues manager Antonio Conte was making a point to the board at his club by naming the Brazilian in his squad for yesterday’s 3-2 opening day defeat to Burnley.
#nufc remain in talks to sign Joselu. Rafa Benitez also still hopeful on Kenedy. Conte making a point to his board by naming him on bench.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 13, 2017
Kenedy, 21, was an unused substitute as a Chelsea team without 2016-17 heroes Eden Hazard and Pedro, as well as frozen-out Diego Costa, sunk to a shock defeat at Stamford Bridge.
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The Brazil Under-23 international, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Watford, has made just 22 first-team appearances for Chelsea since signing from Fluminese two years ago.
The Sentinel has claimed on it’s website that the Potters dismissed an opening bid from Newcastle for Joselu last week as it was seen as “derisory” by the club’s hierarchy.
But, there could be some hope for the Magpies giants in securing the Spaniard with it reported that Stroke would want to recoup “most” of the £5.75million they paid Hannover for his services in 2015, meaning he should certainly be within Newcastle’s budget.
Joselu spent last season on loan at La Liga outit Deportivo de la Coruna, where he played 24 times in all competitions, returning six goals.
Football Insider verdict:
Benitez will not need the outcome of Sunday’s match against Tottenham to tell him that his Newcastle squad is short of the calibre needed to secure a top-ten Premier League finish, never mind hold its own against the division’s big guns. The captures of Joselu and Kenedy would go some way to strengthening the matchday 18, although both are likely going to require time to make a regular impact. If Mike Ashley cannot get this double deal over the line, Benitez’s whining might reach unprecedented levels.
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