We reported last night that Newcastle could be in for Spanish U21 International full back Jonny Otto, who can play in either full back position and the news over the weekend was that Rafa wanted to bring in three new defenders this week and hopefully before the squad leaves for Ireland on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez has today said that Newcastle have more deals lined up and as we also reported last night he again reiterated the club do not have to sell this summer.
Rafa Benitez – brought in two players used to the Championship
Matt Richie and Dwight Gayle
Rafa was asked yesterday about any progress in the transfer market and this is what the manager told the local press:
“We were working to get some players ready, and then we did three in a row.”
“We are still working.” “We have some players there and ready.” “
The difficult thing about the market is that you have to buy and you have to sell.”
“So that depends on if you receive offers for players that maybe we consider that they can leave, and after, also, try to find the right players for us.”
“It was important for me that we could bring in players that could understand English football.”
“The Championship is quite difficult.” “They understand what it means to play here and the physicality and intensity of the game.”
“With Gayle, it’s the pace, movement and finishing he can give to us.” “I think we have a good addition. He can increase the competition.”
“Ritchie is another player that knows the division. He has energy and quality.”
Newcastle have signed Dwight Gayle, 26, from Crystal Palace for £9M and initially we have paid £10M for 26-year-old midfielder Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth.
The first signing this summer was goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent for around £5M and we sold Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace for £13M – via the release clause in his contract.
So that’s the state of things officially so far, although we expect Coloccini to be released as soon as we get a replacement in – and Remy Cabella will be signed by Marseille for around £7.3M.
If those deals happen then here is where we are with the transfers.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Ajax|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - January||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|