Steven Taylor’s contract was not renewed this summer and it runs out today – so today is the last day for Steven Taylor at Newcastle after a 21 year association with his home town club.
There are also doubts about whether Fabricio Coloccini will be at the club at the end of the summer transfer window – and he is expected to leave Newcastle to join San Lorenzo in Buenos Aries – either on loan or on a permanent deal.
Steven Caulker – QPR center-back
So Rafa will bring in at least one new center-back this summer and news in the local press is the next one to come in after Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie have been signed – will be a center-back.
Newcastle have been linked with a few central defenders this summer including Steven Caulker of QPR and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, both of whom have experience of playing in the Championship.
Rafa is targeting players who are good enough to play in the Premier League and also (hopefully) have some Championship experience – and both Gayle and Ritchie meet those requirements.
But Rafa could also bring in a an excellent prospect from Europe – as he has done with 24 year-old Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent.
Rafa has contacts in football all over the world and so we could still some players coming in from Europe before Newcastle’s transfer business is complete this summer.
But Rafa will also want them in as early as possible, so they can a full pre-season on Tyneside before the Championship kicks off with Newcastle playing a televised Friday night game at Fulham on August 5th.
Hopefully we will see Gayle and Ritchie signed imminently and then a center-back signed – maybe even before next Monday?