In Steve McClaren’s press conference today for the tough game against Arsenal tomorrow, the head coach said Newcastle didn’t really have any late transfer targets they were tying to bring in before Tuesday night, and then he added – but you never know.
There’s still probably a chance Newcastle can bring in another player before Tuesday night, and if Newcastle do that, we would hope it is a defender, a good defender.
Raphael Guerreiro – are Newcastle still interested
One of the things that is apparent at Newcastle is that we don’t have too many specialist full backs on the books – Newcastle basically have only three in Janmaat, Dummett and Haidara – after we managed to sell Davide Santon to Inter-Milan.
Maybe Newcastle need to bring in a full-back before Tuesday night to balance things out in defense.
There are persistent reports coming out of France that Newcastle are still interested in signing Lorient left-back Raphael Guerreiro, and the fee is said to be around €11M, which is about £7.7M
The reports coming out of France insist that Newcastle are trying to bring in the twice capped Portuguese International to Tyneside, and Raphael is only 21, so he is a good age and the type of player Newcastle like to sign.
A few weeks ago Lorient President Loic Fery wanted as big a fee as possible for his 5ft 7ins left-back, and he said this in L’Equipe:
“I do not understand why Raphael would supposedly be worth €12m, when I hear that and Lucas Digne and Layvin Kurzawa are worth €25M today”
“Nobody is non-transferable, but it must be for the right price.”
Fery cites a price there of €12M which is around £8.4M, but he would like to get more than that if possible – that’s hardly surprising.
If the French reports are correct, maybe it’s the fee that is holding up the transfer?
Newcastle have brought in one defender this summer, a good one in Chancel Mbemba, and it would be good to get another one in late in this window.
Raphael was born in France to a Portuguese father and a French mother, and he has elected to play International football for Portugal.
He made his International debut last November in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Armenia, and for about £8M, Guerreiro could be a good signing for Newcastle.
What do you think?