After Rafa Benitez was introduced last night as the new manager at Newcastle for the next three years (at least), there is news tonight that Rafa wants to bring in Fulham’s prolific Scottish striker Ross McCormack for £12M – which is the release amount in his contract.
One difficulty Newcastle had over the last two seasons was having a proven goalscorer in their ranks and certainly Ross is that – at least in the Championship – and in two seasons at Fulham since he joined them from Leeds United, he has 42 goals and 22 assists in 100 games.
Ross McCormack – Rafa’s first real transfer target
The news in the Mail is that Rafa Benitez is keen to make the 29-year-old his first signing ever for Newcastle, as he looks to quickly strengthen the side for next season in the Championship.
There is also interest from Aston Villa and Norwich City, but having Rafa Benitez at Newcastle must be a huge draw for a player like McCormack – and there’s some hope Newcastle will be straight back in the Premier League next May.
Rafa is now in charge of all football matters at the club – and if Rafa thinks the 29 year-old is what Newcastle need then so be it – and Managing Director Lee Charnley will back him in that.
Middlesbrough tried to sign the 29 year-old in January but there’s some hope that Newcastle could tie up this deal before the Euro 2016 Championships begin on 10th June – in 16 days time.
Fulham only just avoided relegation last season, but Ross still scored a very good 23 goals so in a (hopefully) successful Newcastle side next season, heaven knows how many goals he could score for the Magpies.
Rafa has been working for the last 10 days or so at his home in the Wirral in Cheshire and has drawn up a number of transfer targets which he has already shared with Lee Charnley and it’s now very likely they will try to get a few of them signed up before June 10th.
And some of the good news Rafa gave at his press conference last night at 7:00 pm was that he doesn’t have to sell any player currently in the squad just to balance the books, but has been told he can keep any player in the squad he wants to keep for the coming season.
Expect Rafa to become very busy in the next several days as he attempts to make a quick breakthrough in the transfer market.
This man is the perfect manager for Newcastle United and he said he would like to emulate what the great Sir Bobby Robson did for the club in the five years he managed Newcastle from 1999.
Bobby had us in the Champions League twice after saving the club from relegation in his first year at the club, and we finished 4th, 3rd and 5th in Bobby’s last three seasons at his home town club.