Are Newcastle’s Four Signings Some Of These Eight Players?

Some good news this morning from Rafa Benitez that Newcastle are close to making four signings – and the deals are basically done but loose ends need to be tied up.

So given that, we wonder who the four new players could be and whether Rafa will be making any loan deals for next season?

Here are eight players we have been linked with in the summer and maybe the four of them are some of these players.

ross mccormack

Ross McCormack – Fulham striker

Ross McCormack

The 29 year-old striker has been linked with a move to Newcastle all summer, but if the reports are correct his release clause in his contract is a massive £15M which could prevent a deal from being made.

He seems exactly what Newcastle need this season – a proven Championship striker – who scored  23 goals in 49 total games last season and in four seasons at Fulham the Scottish International has scored 42 goals in 100 appearances.

lee tomlin on loan at bristol city

Lee Tomlin

The 27 year-old former Middlesbrough playmaker failed at Bournemouth last season and was shipped out on loan to Bristol City in January.

He did score 6 goals in 18 appearances for Bristol but we don’t rate him too highly and we’d be surprised if Rafa ranks this player.

But we could be wrong – it’s happenedd before – about 9 years ago.



Alvaro Arbeloa

The 33 year-old former Real Madrid and Liverpool full back is now a free agent and knows all about Rafa Benitez.

He could be n excellent signing for Newcastle for say a couple of years.

Alvaro is a class player and is a winner and can help to bring some of the youngsters through and Rafa is know to bring in some  Spanish players at the clubs he manages.

steven caulker

Steven Caulker

Steven is a very good player and could do very well at Newcastle under the coaching of Rafa Benitez.

The 24 year-old has already played 210 first team games with 10 goals and he’s an accomplished center-back.

He already has Championship experience and has obvious talent – we think he would be an excellent signing for Newcastle and Rafa could get the very best out of him – and Steven probably knows that.

However, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and West Brom are also said to be linked with the defender and he will cost around £6M.


Isaac Hayden

We have been linked with a loan move for the 21-year-old Arsenal defender who can play at center-back or defensive midfield, but it’s uncertain if Newcastle will really be in the loan market this summer.

The Chronicle has reported Newcastle are rather unwilling to bring in a loan player and be forced to give him game time, as there are other permanent players at the club who need games.

We shall see soon enough, but Hayden had good experience last season with Hull in the Championship – maybe a a permanent signing would be good for the youngster?

danny williams

Danny Williams

We were only linked with the 27 year-old Reading midfielder last night and the American International had a standout season last term at Reading, but it’s not known whether the Championship club would be willing to part with one of their best players.

Danny has just one year left on his four year contract at Reading, so he could possibly be picked up for a reasonable price.

reece oxford

Reece Oxford

Another player we have been linked with in the papers and it would be a loan deal for the precocious and very highly-rated West Ham 17-year-old.

Oxford wants first team games and he wasn’t too happy last season with only 12 appearances at the Hammers, so a season long loan deal seems to be what he wants.

Again whether Newcastle are in the loan market – we don’t know.

nano tenerife


The 21 year-old had a good season at Tenerife last term and he’s been compared with Ayoze Perez and Rafa could bring the lad into Newcastle – but maybe later in the summer?

His release clause is for a meager €3M – so it’s very low risk for Newcastle and potentially high reward on the upside.

The youngster scored 14 league goals in 35 total appearances in the Spanish Segunda Division.

So there are eight players we have been linked with – who do you think the four players could be?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #1

    One of the signings has to be Townsend – please note Andros – it’s good to be loyal to those who have been good to you. Respect !

    England striker and Arsenal target Jamie Vardy has agreed a new deal with Premier League champions Leicester.
    The Foxes said the 29-year-old, whose goals helped the club claim a shock title success last season, will sign an extended four-year contract.
    “Both parties hope this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future,” a club statement said.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Still do not know whether we still have an interest in McCormack.
    We were supposed to have put in a very big offer for him 2 years ago when he was at Leeds but the bid was turned down -apparently.

    If he was a Carr “favourite” then he may still well be now – unless Rafa has different ideas.
    Cellino the Leeds Chairman (dodgy I know) revealed we had bid but NUFC later denied it.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    I think it will make a difference if players answer their phone and it is Benetiz on the other end (or their agent passing on a message)declaring an interest in them.
    Certainly a Beneitez effect rather than a King Percy or Wally Brolly effect -to be sure.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought there’d be a token Charlie Austin in there!

  • jayphoto

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    No way we’re in for mccormack! Rafa or not no way does the club sanction 15m for a player approaching 30!
    I believe we might be in for Arbeloa. Perhaps the reading lad and Reece Oxford!
    Wouldn’t surprise me if we were in talks with players in the euros tho! That czech lad has been mentioned a couple times and iv heard chris gunther robbie brady mentioned

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Those players are not playing in the euros so why have we got to wait until after, so how the frig can the deals be close there’s a couple of weeks to go before the tournament finish.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Four players ?…….
    Carr had suggested D’Artagnan, Porthos, Aramis and Athos
    But the fees from Mondial are too steep apparently so Ashley won’t sanction the deal

    “All for Toon and Toon for all ” !

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Have you read his interview?

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #9


    “It’s just we have to start with the first one and then two or three.”

    Does that mean the first one is the sale of player who will bring in the funds to make the next few purchases? We need to offload Sissoko to free up some funds? Or do we need to sell a different player for the incoming players to feel confident about their assurances of playing time?

    It’s very possible that the agents who hold almost all of the power in transfer negotiations are attending the Euros and not working so we aren’t able to get transfers to go through while they are on holiday. Whether or not the players we are hoping to purchase are at the Euros may not be the holdup. At least that’s my reading between the lines from Rafa’s statement.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Welsh man deals can still be agreed in principle and the horse trading over fees can begin anytime after the euros, everyone is in the same boat.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Madison I doubt there’s a “not working” status in all of Agentdom. Vardy is still at the euros and he’s just finalised a contract after much speculation. The deal with the euros is that it’s an agents market day, they are buzzing like flies on Mcardews C.V, scoping out prospective deals believe me. Be stupid if they weren’t.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #12

    I agree I’m disappointed Ed couldn’t just throw in a “This is what you could have had” title with a picture of Charlie under it. Opportunity missed Ed. Unless of course you are trying to avoid triggering an appearance clause? 🙂

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I think that’s definitely true for agents who have players that are playing there. But for those who don’t, I could see it as a time for them to go to the matches and enjoy a bit. I could be completely off-base here but I’m trying to put the pieces of the puzzle that we have together.

  • giimps

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Agents will more than likely be still putting feelers out for their players prospective teams and will be unwilling to jump the gun in case a better or more financially beneficial offer comes in.
    It could be that a player gets injured in the euros therefore making their player more desirable to more teams, could also be waiting for a club to change hands before the deal can be done ……there’s loads of reasons why we will need to wait……its just silly season and were not usually a part of it ?

  • G

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Out of the players listed, I would have Caulker, and pass on most of the others. Not shown on the list, but I would also make a move for Dunk if he is still available?

  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Thing is, agents have to be canny, stock in players can also go down as some flop, underperform or get injured. There will be clubs either rubbing their hands at the prospect of getting an unpolished gem, a fixer-upper (Marveaux, Gosling, anyone?) or just walking away from the table whistling

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 23, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #17


    that raised a grin, probably a bit lost on a younger audience though.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 23, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Rotunda – perhaps Mondial could be our new short sponsors – anything other than Wonga


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