Rafa Benitez Targets Two More Players In Next Week

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 1, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ll spare the repost.

  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I can’t be arsed to look up the post – but the other day when someone said Tuffty was in nightclub security – you said something like “I have known him for 50 years , anyone less like a club doorman – you would be surprised if you saw him in the flesh” – I took this to mean he wasn’t a very prepossessing physical specimen.
    I’m sorry if my comment rattled your cage – I didn’t realise Aussies were such sensitive creatures.
    I am also sorry that the blog has to read this crap but there is no p.m. facility and you threatened to get me banned on the open forum.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 1, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail, each to his own as you say, but I think the biggest criticism you can unequivocally level at Collocini is only that he had the occasional genuine howler.

    I do remember him wanting away for a while when his marriage was unravelling, can’t say I blame him, but eventually seeing sense and returning. I also remember him getting rashly sent off ONCE, which I felt was out of frustration, but still very annoying from the Captain true enough, but only the once, and you’ll have to refresh my memory about him not fancying the cups, although I’m not sure how you know this as fact.

    My general view of Newcastle is we haven’t had enough decent players in all positions under Ashley, and that without Collocini and players of similar calibre, we’d have been far far worse.

    He is a player of genuine qualities, although he may not have the character and fortitude of Ghandi or Nelson Mandela, but I’ll freely admit I don’t have such grand expectations when it comes to footballers, and certainly not from one who served the club for 8 years under an owner like Mike Ashley.

  • TheBoss

    Jul 1, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    What do the 3 posts above have to do with the article..?


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