Newcastle United reportedly had a bid for Stoke City striker Joselu turned down earlier this week and are now preparing an improved offer, according to The Shields Gazette.
The North East publication suggests that the Magpies are determined to land the Potters’ frontman and are ready to step up their interest with a more lucrative proposal.
Though no figures have been quoted in media outlets, Stoke had labelled the initial bid ‘derisory’ suggesting that Newcastle must increase their offer significantly to reach any agreement for the player.
The German-born striker moved to North Staffordshire from Bundesliga outfit Hannover 96 in June 2015 for £5.75 million but found first team opportunities limited. He made just 27 appearances in all competitions and scored four goals before a season-long loan switch to Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga last year, finding the net six times in 24 games.
After returning to Stoke earlier this summer, he was granted compassionate leave due to a family bereavement, meaning that he missed out on a large chunk of the Potters’ pre-season preparations.
However, after bagging a brace in consecutive friendly games against Bolton Wanderers and German side St.Pauli, many fans are left wondering if he will be given a second chance at the Bet365 Stadium in the upcoming campaign.
Joselu was prolific for the Real Madrid B team in the Spanish second tier from 2010 to 2012, netting 40 goals in 72 games and when he has played for the Potters he has shown sharp movement and clinical finishing in and around the penalty area.
Stoke will be reluctant to sell. With just one week before the Premier League kicks off, the squad looks extremely short of genuine attacking talent.
Marko Arnautovic’s departure to rivals West Ham United and January signing Saido Berahino’s recent woes in front of goal have left fans increasingly concerned about where the goals will come from.
Rumours of former Schalke forward Maxim Choupu-Moting’s imminent arrival will offer some encouragement but given his prolific current form, selling Joselu will not be received too well in The Potteries.
Newcastle’s prime strike target Tammy Abraham snubbed the Magpies in favour of a loan move to Swansea City earlier this summer and the club have reportedly been priced out of a move for Arsenal flop Lucas Perez.
As the new campaign draws ever closer, boss Rafael Benitez’s search for a number 9 becomes more desperate and an improved bid for Joselu may just be only option.