Last Thursday Rafa Benitez said that our first signing of the summer was very close, and once that was completed there would probably be as many as three other signings on the way.
At the time local reports said the Newcastle manager was hoping to make the four signings within the week, but it’s now five days later and no first signing has been completed – not yet anyway.
Ross McCormack of Fulham
Is this he a real target for Newcastle United?
But the Chronicle is reporting today that our first breakthrough of this summer’s transfer window will be made imminently.
And again once that signing has been competed – whoever he is – more will soon follow.
We hope this news is accurate.
Benitez is not only keen to keep hold of the vast majority of last season’s squad but he also wants to bring in five or six new players.
That’s to make absolutely sure the squad is good enough and big enough to get automatic promotion next May at the first attempt.
Newcastle have been linked with many targets this summer, but the one we’d like to see coming through the door this week is 29 year-old Fulham striker Ross McCormack.
And if that is followed by 24 year-old QPR center-back Steven Caulker, those would be two excellent initial signings for Newcastle that would strengthen the squad in two key positions.
But Rafa Benitez could have difficulty keeping the likes of Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Janmaat and Townsend at the club with a worrying report last night that Townsend is on his way to Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew.
We hope that news is not accurate.