Real Madrid consider shock move for former Newcastle United man signed for just £5m

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The former Newcastle United striker is on the radar of Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are reportedly considering a shock move for former Newcastle United striker Joselu this summer.

The Spaniard endured a difficult time on Tyneside after joining the Magpies in a £5m deal from Stoke City during the first week of the 2017-18 season.

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After making his debut in a 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town, Joselu grabbed his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win against West Ham United before the end of his first month at St James Park.

Former Newcastle United striker Joselu. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)Former Newcastle United striker Joselu. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Former Newcastle United striker Joselu. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) | Getty Images

However, inconsistent form and playing in a United side that created few chances meant scored just seven goals in 52 appearances prior to his departure to Alaves in a £2.5m deal during the summer of 2019.

A return to Spanish football brought a change in fortunes as the striker scored 36 goals and provided 11 assists across the following two seasons before swapping life at the Mendizorrotza Stadium for La Liga rivals Espanyol last summer.

Although Espanyol are at risk of relegation from Spain’s top-flight, only Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema have netted more than Joselu’s 15 this campaign.

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Real are looking for a back-up option to Benzema and according to reports have identified Joselu as a potential target. The 33-year-old was previously on the books of the 14-time Champions League winners between 2009-2012 and scored on his two senior appearances.

Joselu had spells at Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover before completing a switch to the Premier League with Stoke City.

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