Stoke’s latest big name transfer: Jese joins from PSG

Former Real Madrid starlet follows Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan in joining the Potters

Paris Saint-Germain’s spanish forward Jese leaves for English Premier league’s Stoke City on loan until the end of the season. Photograph: Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain’s spanish forward Jese leaves for English Premier league’s Stoke City on loan until the end of the season. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Stoke have announced the signing of Spanish forward Jese Rodriguez on a season-long loan from Paris St Germain.

The 24-year-old former Real Madrid player, who cost PSG almost £22million last summer, has made just one Ligue 1 start for the French side to date.

Jese arrives at the Bet365 Stadium having spent the second half of last term back in his homeland on loan with Las Palmas.

Jese made more of an impact at Las Palmas, scoring three times in 16 appearances, and Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said the club had fought off competition to land their man.

“Jese was a man in demand when PSG made it clear they would allow him to leave on loan and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us,” Scholes told the club’s website.

“He hasn’t had the happiest of periods in his career in Paris but he’s still only a young man and is hungry to make a big impression in the Premier League.”

Jese spent nine seasons with Real Madrid, scoring 12 goals in 62 league appearances, most of them as substitute, and was part of the Champions League-winning squads in 2014 and 2016.

Jese, who was also prolific for Real Madrid B, is Stoke’s sixth summer signing, joining Darren Fletcher, Kurt Zouma, Maxim Choupa-Moting, Bruno Martins Indi and Josh Tymon.

News of Jese’s arrival was announced moments after the departure of another Spanish forward, Joselu, to Newcastle was confirmed - some good news on the transfer front at last for their manager Rafael Benitez.

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.”

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