Newcastle United confirm signing of Joselu

Newcastle United confirm signing of Joselu

Newcastle United completed the signing of Stoke City's Spanish striker Joselu on Wednesday and the £5m signing wasted little time in revealing to the Geordie faithful that he already has prior experience in turning out for the North East club - on the Playstation, as reported in the Sunderland Echo.

He will be Magpies boss Rafael Benitez's sixth summer signing since being promoted to the Premier League.

Former Spain Under-21 global Joselu is keen to kick-start his Premier League career after being farmed out by Stoke on loan last season to Deportivo la Coruna.

Benítez himself expressed his happiness at bringing Joselu to the club, adding: "We have known Joselu since his days at the Real Madrid academy, and we know that he has the potential to do well for us".

Joselu's passing abilities leave little to be desired, completing less than 63% of his passes, which would have been worst on last year's Newcastle squad except for the three goalkeepers and Daryl Murphy.

Joselu admitted Benítez was another big factor in why he joined the club, saying: "It's good for me that the manager is also from Spain". "I'm very happy to be part of this club, and so excited", the 27-year-old told the club's official website.

Following his move to the Potters, however, he struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League and scored just four goals in 27 games in his only season in the English top-flight.

"He knows and accepts the challenge we've given him at Newcastle and he's keen to come and fight for a position in the team".

That means they will miss Sunday's trip to fellow Premier League new boys Huddersfield and West Ham's visit to St James' Park a week later.