Newcastle 'close' to transfer breakthrough

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United are still in talks with Stoke City over a move for Joselu.

The club had what was described as a "derisory" bid for the striker turned down earlier this month.

However, Newcastle are "close" to a £5million deal for the 27-year-old, according to journalists Guillem Balague.

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"Joselu, close to Newcastle for almost £5m, is a big forward good in the air, but better with mobility. Better goalscorer that he shown lately," said Balague on Twitter.

United manager Benitez was asked for a transfer update after yesterday's 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

“It’s the same situation before," said Benitez, who told of his transfer frustration last week.

"It doesn’t change too much. We know what we need, and we know what we have to do. I don’t know if anything is close."

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