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 – Fulham striker
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?