Newcastle new boy Joselu has been quoted by the Shields Gazette as saying that he spoke to Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland before deciding to join the Magpies.
With manager Rafael Benitez looking for a new striker, the Spaniard chose to bring in one of his compatriots last week, landing Joselu from Stoke having originally had a bid rejected for his services.
With just 20 goals in the last three season in all competitions and just four Premier League goals to his name with Stoke, Joselu - who spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna back in Spain - wasn't deemed as a signing to get fans excited.
However, the Spaniard did show some promise when coming on as a substitute for Newcastle against Huddersfield Town on Sunday, making an impact from the bench in Newcastle's 1-0 defeat.
Joselu may now have put himself in contention to start for Newcastle against West Ham United this coming weekend, and he will surely be looking forward to making his first appearance at St. James' Park as a Magpies player.
After completing his move to Tyneside, Joselu spoke about his switch, and revealed that he did in fact speak to a Stoke player before deciding to join Benitez at Newcastle.
As quoted by the Shields Gazette, Joselu spoke to Stoke's Stephen Ireland, who had a torrid loan spell with Newcastle in 2011, but he still had kind words to say about the Magpies despite making just two appearances for them.
Joselu revealed that Ireland told him just how great the Newcastle fans are, and he can't wait to get to know the Magpies supporters, which may well continue against West Ham this weekend.
“Stephen Ireland told me (about the fans) because he played here," said Joselu. "He said the supporters are very, very nice and the stadium is also amazing. I think in the Premier League a lot of teams have very good supporters. I'm so excited to get to know the supporters for Newcastle," he added.