Newcastle United set to smash transfer record for £36million striker as Joselu exits St James's Park

Newcastle United have off-loaded Spanish striker Joselu as they reportedly ready a £36million deal for Brazilian frontman Joelinton.

Monday, 15th July 2019, 3:31 pm
Updated Monday, 15th July 2019, 7:25 pm
LYON, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 07: Joelinton of 1899 Hoffenheim is challenged by Jason Denayer of Olympique Lyonnais during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Olympique Lyonnais and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Groupama Stadium on November 7, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

According to the Telegraph, United have a deal in place to sign the 22-year-old Hoffenheim forward, who was scouted extensively by the Magpies last season.

But no transfer can take place until United have appointed a new manager – with the arrival of Steve Bruce expected imminently.

United owner Mike Ashley this morning coughed up a reported £4million to take Bruce off Sheffield Wednesday’s hands, after the 58-year-old agreed to become Rafa Benitez’s successor at St James’s Park over the weekend.

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And his first act could be to sign off a deal for striker Joelinton, who has been on head of recruitment Steve Nickson’s radar all summer, as a direct replacement for Salomon Rondon.

Meanwhile, Joselu’s departure has been confirmed, with the striker completing a permanent transfer to Alaves. He joins for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £2million.

Confirming the news, a club statement read: “The 29-year-old forward has joined the Spanish side for an undisclosed fee, bringing his two-year stay at St. James’ Park to an end.

“The club wishes Joselu well for the future.”

Joselu himself tweeted: “Dear Newcastle United Fans, the time has come to say goodbye. I just can say THANK YOU. Incredible Stadium, city, Club and people. Wish you all the best for the upcoming season.”