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Summer Transfer Breakthrough At Newcastle Is Imminent

9:09 am, Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

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

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Actually amazed, Alan Brazil and Ray Wilkins on talksport absolutely slammed the idea of Rafa Benitez as not good enough to be England manager, and then within 5 minutes had suggested Glen Hoddle, Tony Pulis and Gianluca Vialli….. no actual words for that

  • 2 lesh // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:17 AM


    You must bear in mind that tslksport’s part of Murdoch’s tacky empire and as such, will always push rubbish

  • 3 G // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Rafa for England? It would never happen anyway. Lets be honest, it’s going to be Southgate, and we know that wont end well at all!

  • 4 Veltmann // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    I don’t know McCormack but I’d take Caulker!

  • 5 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    @lesh didn’t realise that! Its got some decent shows, colin murray show is good but Alan Brazil and Ray Wilkins are just dinosaurs. To rate Pulis and Vialli over Rafa is mind boggling

  • 6 G // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    @4 100% agree mate.

  • 7 jayphoto // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Got a feeling it just might be Pardew.
    I’d have nothing against Redknapp to be honest, plays attractive football, seems to get the most out of players and he’d have an excellent squad to pick from.
    Southgate seems very uninspiring

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    It seems strange that a team with a 100% record in qualifying could have such a catastrophic collapse. I think the players and staff were badly let down by Hodgson’s decision making. What message does it put out when an unfit Wilshere is getting a start ahead of in form players or the player looking most likely to grab a goal is dropped, Sturridge on the right because he left Townsend at home. He ballsed up big time and we’ve got another five weeks of feeling angry and disappointed until out own season starts.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    If Pardew gets that job it will be the biggest travesty that English football has ever known.

  • 10 DubaiMicky // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Townsend won’t leave.

  • 11 DubaiMicky // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Redknapp will never get it, he’s not a yes man, Pardew on the other hand, is.

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:45 AM


    I am not having a go, because i font think pardew is England material either but…. your sentiments prove my point about the England job as a whole. No matter who is appointed, there will already be fans shouting them fown before a ball is kicked. Every manager has blotted thier copy book somewhere in thier career. It is a no win situation, and until something changes at a fundamental level, then the national side is doomed.

  • 13 f // Jun 28, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Moussa is still our player? Moussa out!

  • 14 widowmagandapoke // Jun 28, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Hodgson lost the plot. Too slow in build up play and passing to feet or even behind players far too many times. We needed to pass into the channels,go for the by line and pass into on rushing forwards. Both the Slovaks and Iceland found it too easy to defend against a far too intricate England.

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