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Benitez hoping to get the best out of Joselu

Joselu is Newcastle's sixth signing of the summer. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is hoping he can help striker Joselu fulfil the potential he first saw in him as a youngster at Real Madrid.

Benitez made the 27-year-old Spaniard his sixth signing of a difficult summer on Tyneside earlier this week when he sealed a £5million switch from Stoke.

"We knew him when he was in the academy at Real Madrid and he was the top scorer. He was doing well," said Benitez.

"Obviously, in Spain, when he was at Deportivo La Coruna, we had some information, and when he was in Germany. We know the player and we know he has the potential.

"Was he playing at his level at Stoke? Maybe not. And can he do it here? Maybe he will have more chances.

"It's easier for me to talk to him in Spanish than maybe it is for Mark Hughes, so then if I have to transmit something, maybe I can do it. But then after that it depends on him. I can explain things, but it depends on him.

"He has the potential to do well for us, but in football you have to wait until the end of the season."

Stoke striker Joselu completes move to Newcastle

Joselu has joined Newcastle. Credit: PA

Striker Joselu has completed his move to Newcastle from Stoke after manager Rafael Benitez finally received some good news on the transfer front.

The 27-year-old Spaniard has signed a three-year deal to seal a move for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5million, the Magpies have confirmed.

Joselu said: "I feel very happy because I have signed for a very big club. I'm very happy to be part of this club, and so excited. I'm looking forward to getting to know my team-mates, the city, the training ground, the stadium and all the supporters."

Newcastle closing in on deal for Stoke striker

Joselu looks set for Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is edging closer to a deal for Stoke striker Joselu.

Press Association Sport understands the player is discussing terms with the Magpies with a view to completing a £5million switch to St James' Park.

Newcastle have been targeting the 27-year-old Spaniard, as well as Arsenal's Lucas Perez, in recent weeks as Benitez attempts to add firepower to his team.

Joselu, a £5.75million signing from Hannover in June 2015, scored only four goals in 27 appearances during his first season at Stoke, and spent the last campaign on loan at Deportivo la Coruna, where he managed six in 24 run-outs.

Benitez has repeatedly expressed his frustration in recent weeks at the club's relative lack of transfer activity and with owner Mike Ashley having made it clear that he will not break the bank, he is having to be inventive in the transfer market as he waits to offload players now surplus to requirements in the top flight.

He saw his side lose 2-0 at home to Tottenham on their return to the Premier League on Sunday with Dwight Gayle operating as a lone frontman and only Aleksandar Mitrovic as back-up on the bench.

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Newcastle make Lejeune their second summer signing

Florian Lejeune has completed his move to Newcastle. Credit: PA

Eibar defender Florian Lejeune has completed his move to Newcastle by signing a five-year deal.

The 26-year-old central defender was on Tyneside on Monday to undergo a medical and the Magpies confirmed early on Tuesday morning that he had become manager Rafael Benitez second summer signing for a fee understood to be in the region of £8.7million.

A club statement said: "Defender Florian Lejeune has become Newcastle United's second signing of the summer transfer window after joining from SD Eibar.

"Twenty-six-year-old Lejeune has put pen to paper on a five-year-deal with the Magpies, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022."

Paris-born Lejeune becomes Benitez's second summer signing following the permanent capture of Chelsea winger Christian Atsu, who played his part in last season's promotion back to the Premier League during a loan spell.

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