McClaren On Transfer Activity – Let’s Keep Quiet

At Steve McClaren’s press conference today for the League Cup tie against Northampton Town tomorrow night, he was asked at one point if he was expecting new arrivals or new departures from the clu over the next week.

The transfer window slams shut next Tuesday night at 6:00pm and there are reports we are after 26 year-old Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and also Wolves England U21 striker Benik Afobe.

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Benik Afobe – Newcastle said to be trying to sign this player

About half way through the press conference today Steve was asked if he was expecting a busy week with only one week to go in the summer transfer window – and this is how Steve answered that question:

“I’m just expecting a busy week because we have got three games in a week, and I’m sure if things happen then things will happen, and we’ll be ready to deal with that and any opportunities.”

“At the present moment, as I said on Friday, we are happy with what we got, so let’s keep our heads down and keep quiet.”

We may not get any new players in over the next eight days, but that answer is consistent with Newcastle being after some players who may or may not arrive by next Tuesday night.

And Newcastle will need to move some players out, either permanently or on loan, whether or not we bring new players in.

Those players include the likes of Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana, who don’t seem to have any future at Newcastle.

So there will be at least some transfers out before next Tuesday night.

It would be icing on the cake if we can get even one more good player through the door this summer.

Here’s where we stand so far on transfers in and out this summer – the fees are estimates.

PlayerFeeClub
INCOMING
Georginio Wijnaldum£14.5MEindhoven
Aleksandar Mitrovic£14.3MAnderlecht
Chancel Mbemba£11.8MAnderlecht
Florian Thauvin£14.5MMarseille
Ivan Toney£1.5MNorthampton
Transfer Fees Out£56.6M
OUTGOING
Remy CabellaSeason loanMarseille
Davide Santon£2.0MInter-Milan
Mehdi Abeid£1.5MPanathinaikos
Olivier Kemen£0.5MLyon
Sammy AmeobiSeason LoanCardiff
Adam Armstrong6 month loanCoventry
Freddie Woodman6 month loanCrawley
Haris VuckicSeason LoanWigan
Shane Ferguson6 month loanMilwall
Jonas GutierrezReleasedDeportivo
Ryan TaylorReleasedHull City
Jak AlnwickReleasedPort Vale
Adam CampbellReleasedNotts County
Remie StreeteReleasedPort Vale
Transfer Fees In£4.0M
Net Spend£52.6M

Newcastle have net spending at the moment of £47.8M

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