Newcastle United's striker's move to Spain delayed by 'legal deadlines'

Joselu’s proposed move to Alaves is being held up, according to a report.

Tuesday, 18th June 2019, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th June 2019, 7:05 am

The Newcastle United striker is reportedly keen on a move to the Spanish club.

It was claimed in Spain earlier this month that a move was a “matter of hours” away. However, Mundo Deportivo now report that the switch is being delayed by unspecified “legal deadlines”.

Joselu, signed from Stoke City for £5million in the summer of 2017, has a year left on his contract at United.

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The 27-year-old found his opportunities limited by the form of Salomon Rondon last season. Joselu scored against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea before Rondon arrived on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez can block any outgoing transfer up to June 30, when his contract expires.

Meanwhile, Callum Roberts is attracting interest from overseas following his released by United.

The winger’s career at St James’s Park will formally end on June 30, when his contract expires.

Roberts – who scored in last season’s FA Cup win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park – made three senior appearances for the club.

The 22-year-old thanked Newcastle on Twitter for “making me the player and person I am”, tweeting: “When one door closes, another always opens – I’m already looking forward to the future.”

Nikos Dabizas, Panathinaikos’ technical director, watched Roberts play for the Under-23s in the Premier League 2 play-off final against Southampton last month.