Newcastle could announce the signing of both Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie today, as it’s expected that Andros Townsend will also be announced as a Crystal Palace player after he elected to join the small London club and Alan Pardew in the Premier League over staying at Newcastle and Rafa Benitez in England’s second division.
So Andros will make a swift return to London after being at Newcastle for only a short six months in which he reinvigorated his career under the world-class former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager.
Grant Hanley – Blackburn center-back
After signing three players in three days and losing Andros, Rafa Benitez will now look to strengthen the defense as it should also be confirmed today that Fabricio Coloccini has been released from his contract by Newcastle after eight years at the club.
He will be joining Buenos Aries club San Lorenzo as we reported last night.
With Andros and Fabricio off the wage bill that’s £55K/week plus £65K/week a week respectively Newcastle will be freeing up on the wage bill – about £6M/year so it leaves room for other signings to come in and the £13M we got for Andros will be invested straight back into the squad by Benitez.
So Newcastle will not be short of money as we expect Remy Cabella’s £7.3M move to Marseille to be officially announced today – the first day of the summer transfer window.
Steven Taylor has now left the club, so Rafa will need to bring in two experienced center-backs to add to Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba, who both played really well for us in those last several games of last season.
Newcastle have been linked with Lewis Dunk of Brighton, QPR center-half Steven Caulker, Arsenal’s Isaac Hayden as a possible loan signing and Blackburn Rovers’ Grant Hanley – amongst others.
They all look good players and we will have to wait to see if Rafa will use the loan market to bring in a player or two on a season-long loan deal.
The Newcastle manager will take his first training session today as those players not involved in Internationals over the summer are expected back for pre-season training.
It’s going to be continue to be a busy time of the next few days – that’s for sure.