Rafa – We Have Three Or Four Signings Ready To Close

There was some good news today from Rafa Benitez and while he says it’s been difficult with the Euros going on to get players through the door,  Newcastle are close to signing three or four players.

With the pre-season training starting next Tuesday, then if we close say four deals for players coming in over the next week or so that would be very good.

Bringing in some good players could also help to persuade those few players wanting to leave the club to stay for a season down  below.

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Rafa Benitez – we have three or four signings close

But it also could be the deals have to wait until after the Euros close on July 10th, or at least as they get closer to the end.

Rafa was asked on BBC Radio Newcastle if it was too early to make signings:

“For me, as a manager it’s too late, but the reality is that it’s too early.”

“Why? Because I would like to have the squad ready and say ‘this is the team’ and start working with them on July 1st.”

“But it’s impossible now with agents and the Euros. A lot of people go and they don’t work.”

“It’s surprising. You try to work when the transfer window is open and some Technical Directors are away. You cannot find them and do deals.”

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

“We are working very hard. It’s not easy, because the market is so high. But we are fine. We have three or four things ready.”

“When I say ready, it’s really, really nearly there, but we are waiting for someone who is working at another club and he needs to come back and sign the documents.”

This also explains why Rafa was so positive a couple of weeks ago on the signing front, but it seems actually closing the deals has been interrupted by the Euros and people being on holiday and unavailable for whatever reasons.

But it’s really good news we could get four players in and it will be very interesting to see who those players are.

Benitez has talked about wanting some experienced players brought in to supplement the squad.

Who do you think the four players could be?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 23, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Music to my ears big guy.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 23, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Why have we got to wait until after the euros, we are not after anyone from the tournament are we.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 23, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    If we are then the deals cant be that close.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    If you took the time to read the article it would expect plain why.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Over the last few seasons our young players have not let us down when they have played at all its always been our senior “stars” who have let the side down so if we can sign 3 or 4 more senior guys to provide a solid spine to let the young bucks do their thing it could be an exciting season!!

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    According to Daily Star.

    Stunned Adam Lindin Ljungkvist was given a second yellow for unsportsmanlike behaviour after letting out a monstrous fart in a lower league game.

    Now the 25-year-old has slammed the decision, branding it a “crappy judgement” and insisting it was only a “perfectly innocent fart”.

    He’s also won the support of his team, Sweden’s Pershagen SK, who took to Facebook defending him and insisting the whole game was “crappy”.

    Seriously, you couldn’t make it up.

    Ha ha ha

  • Tsunki

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Welsh – how did you get wind of that story?

  • expatmag

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #8


    His FARTHER told him

  • martoon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Welsh @6 – Aye it is quite messy when a fart turns crappy 😉

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #10

    “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?

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 23, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s very possible that the agents who hold almost all of the power in transfer negotiations are attending the Euros and not working. 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 12:36 PM

    Comment #12

    As Jack Nicholson said in Bucket List ” never trust a fart”. Personally it sounds like guff but there you are.


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