Newcastle United striker Joselu is expected to complete his permanent move to La Liga side Alaves in the next 48 hours, according to the Northern Echo.
The newspaper claims that the 29-year-old will complete a switch back to his native Spain in the next two days, with Alaves having had a £1.8m fee agreed for some time now.
The former Stoke City man, on a reported £40,000-per-week [Source: Spotrac], is expected to travel to Alaves’ training complex in the next couple of days to put the finishing touches on his St James’ Park exit.
Personal terms are thought to have already been agreed, with a long-term deal set to be signed, so unless something goes awry with his medical, Joselu should become an Alaves player imminently.
This is a potential player sale that will surprise absolutely no one on Tyneside. Joselu has appeared poised to leave the club for some time now, having taken up a bit part role behind Salomon Rondon last season. Despite Rafael Benitez leaving the club, it would seem that the Spaniard has no future with the Magpies. The former Stoke man has never once looked capable of leading the line for a team of Newcastle’s stature, with his aversion to scoring goals the main problem for the 29-year-old. He seems like a decent guy and he always put a shift in on the pitch, but Joselu simply doesn’t have the ability to succeed at Premier League level. It’s far better for everyone involved that he moves back to his homeland. From there he can hopefully rebuild his career, as another ex Premier League attacker Lucas Perez is also hoping to do after his switch from West Ham United earlier this summer.