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Three Newcastle Signings Expected This Week

3:56 pm, Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 33 Comments

Matz Sels seems a strange signing for Rafa Benitez to make his first signing ever for Newcastle, but it would appear the club expects Tim Krul to move on this summer and most likely join Dutch manager Ronald Koeman at his new club, Everton.

The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa has been the driving force behind the Sels deal.

For a goalkeeper who was starring in the Champions League last season and was Goalkeeper of the Season last term in Belgium, the reports in Belgium are saying he’s taking a step down by joining second division Newcastle.

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Matz Sels – undergoing medical at Newcastle today

But it also gives an illustration of the persuasive powers of a certain Rafa Benitez when Southampton, Leicester and Middlebrough also were in for the 24 year-old.

The other news today is that two more signings are expected to be completed by the end of this week, with hopefully the Belgium U21 International being announced as our first summer signing today.

According to what Rafa said last week, Newcastle already have a number of deals that are at an advanced stage.

We’d love to find out who the transfer targets are and who Newcastle will sign in the next week – or two weeks – but we’ll find out soon enough we suppose.

It will give a clue to fans as to the class of player Rafa can attract to the club, but the new manager must be confident he can attract some top talent, after agreeing to stay on at this sleeping giant of a club.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    This signing doesn’t surprise me Krul , Elliot and Darlow are 6/10 goalies at best but this boy has the potential to be a few levels above them its about time Newcastle were ruthless and looked to improve the squad !

  • 2 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Before today I hadn’t but I am a frequent reader of the blog. Particularly as were likely to be making a few signings. Tuff flips every so often and lumps me in with others for a friendly greeting.
    Ed tells me that of those who access blog around 63% don’t
    post. This can be an inhospitable place for some
    but not me.
    Happy to answer any further questions.

  • 3 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Sorry I am travelling.

  • 4 Belfast // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    What’s yer views on climate change Jack Root?

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Travelling Mmmmm.
    Let me guess from home to see your psychiatrist.

  • 6 Mister Tuff // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    How many different folk does your cabal of multiples include.
    To make it easier I think a multiple choice (tee hee) format is best.
    1. 5

  • 7 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    Not sure it’s a good move for Hodgson to get involved in a media Euro postmortem. After all, trying to make sense of England’s shortcomings following a big tournament exit is like dissecting a frog – nobody is interested and the frog dies. Luckily, in a U-turn that has characterised the uncertainty of his stewardship of England at Euro 2016, Hodgson has now decided to put in an appearance, having apparently caved once again in the face of certain media outlets whose petulant, entitled demands that he constantly dance to their tune played no part whatsoever in the team’s downfall.

    At what promises to be a fascinating debrief, Mr Roy will sit alongside FA suit Martin Glenn, who will almost certainly fail to pacify the angry mob with promises of an extensive review into England’s failure followed by “root-and branch-reform” to be overseen by an official FA-designated proper football man. Somebody who wears a blazer well, who has a bulging contacts book and vast experience of the foreign game, and who is never more at home than when addressing likeminded individuals at some boring FA technical meeting staged for the sole purpose of paying lip service to the much-needed development of English grass roots football. Somebody like Hodgson for example, will have plenty of time to devote to the job having resigned from his post as England manager. We await his findings with interest.

  • 8 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    In how many words?

  • 9 Belfast // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    No more than 140 characters.

  • 10 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    Required reading for my job is that I also read the FT, Economist and a few other publications.
    You are stereotyping a fellow Geordie by your narrow view on not only the region but the aspirations of young people. I remember expat telling the blog that you used to handle the security for nightclubs. So what!!

  • 11 G // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    I can answer that one for you Belfast, climate chanhe is sh1te mate! This morning my bike ride to work was sunny and pleasant, this afternoon my ride home was wet and sloppy and I’m covered in mud! I blame Woy Hodgson and the FA.

  • 12 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    At least your gossip is in good fun and I can relate to it. How come you support the toon or do you not originate from Belfast.
    Before I go how long to I have on the thesis?

  • 13 davetoon // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    “Krul , Elliot and Darlow are 6/10 goalies”?
    That must mean Joe Hart is 1 out of 10.

  • 14 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:48 PM


    Joe Hart would struggle to get into the Toon team !

  • 15 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    On his current form. Aside from his own form he also failed to organise walls and the defence generally from set pieces.

  • 16 Jack Root // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    The Evening Standard are suggesting that Woodman is likely to join his Dad at Palace.

  • 17 davetoon // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    And yet he is England and Citehs number 1. Just think you are being harsh on the other lads who have had 4 traffic cones in front of them for most of the last 2 seasons.

  • 18 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    @Jack Root

    Yeah a little worried we will lose Woodman but it probably wont be this season it will be if he runs out of contract next season!

    With any luck Pardew will continue his losing streak from last season and be sacked or he will get the England job……..

  • 19 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 5:01 PM


    Considering none of them can kick a ball , come for crosses or organise a defence and are quite injury prone I think a score of 6 is pretty fair ?

    They are good shot stoppers but If we can upgrade them why not ?

  • 20 jimmysmith // Jun 28, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Hodgson has made plenty of money out of a long and solid and at times successful career , but that will be cold comfort for him now. What a way to go out. It couldn’t possibly be worse for him, and it of course will be almost entirely how he is remembered from now on. He’ll feel that everything that came before it counts for nothing, and of course he’ll never get over it.

  • 21 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Apparently we are beating a few clubs for this new keepers signature and some of them are from the premiership !

    This is good because it means Benitez must still have some pulling power!

  • 22 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Bit gutted Sky Sports are saying Townsend wants to leave!!!

    Palace are the destination which makes it even worse if its true!!

  • 23 JamesToon // Jun 28, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    SKY SPORTS: Palace set to activate Townsends £13m release clause

    Please don’t go Andros, you can do better than palace!

  • 24 Munster Mag // Jun 28, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Losing Townsend would be a serious blow to Newcastle and Rafa. but pardew wouldn’t ruin him as suggested, he hasn’t ruined bolasie etc. wud be sick if he went though

  • 25 G // Jun 28, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    If AT is going to leave, then I agree, he could do a hell of a lot better than Palace.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Surely it’s bollox, why would he want a relegation struggle at Palace when he could be on to something really special here. Unless his lass wants to move back down there.

  • 27 croftus5678 // Jun 28, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    a very smart signing imo.
    elliott has imo taken over krul as no1 with krul not looking his normal safe the last few times he’s played.

    get a bigger fee for him with this 24yo who won keeper of the season for a cheaper price with champions league experience also who’s fit for the prem as well and its shrewd business imo.

    ill be gutted if townsend goes though not through the fault of the club as if his transfers met theres nothing they can do about it but imo he will be a big loss to us if he does decide to bail.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    So if we want this Belgian to replace Krul and he’s cheaper and better than Krul, why didn’t Koeman buy the Belgian?

  • 29 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    I still can’t believe that Pardew and England job appear in the same sentence.

  • 30 lesh // Jun 28, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Jimmysmith et al

    Hodgson and Cameron share a legacy – it was Europe that did for them.

  • 31 lesh // Jun 28, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Sky Sports, like the printed media makes its money by creating news that prompts ongoing interest from Joe Public who generally believe what’s said if it’s said often enough.

    It’s a bit like Boris Johnson peddling lies that the right-wing media were delighted to amplify!

  • 32 BandB // Jun 28, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    It’s natural that we going to be disappointed both by the lack of media speculation about players coming our way and when the same media speculates about players our going out.
    Though it may simply be that for now there are more leads linking players with a move out than there are linking players with a move in.
    There’s going to be a new England manager and several of Roy’s favourites may not survive the transition.
    So its natural that Andros Townsend will be linked with moves to a Premier League club.
    Doesn’t mean he’ll go.
    He’ll stay if he wants to stay.

  • 33 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    I think what will happen is Palace will activate his release clause which will get other teams involved and thats when we may lose him ! If West Ham or Everton come in for him then I think he would leave as its a good prospect !

    I just cant see Palace being an attractive enough prospect for him and neither are Watford or West Brom

    Money talks though if someone offers him 80k a week to come back into the premiership….

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