Rafa Benitez – We Are Close To New Players Arriving

Rafa Benitez has transformed Newcastle United since he agreed to stay with us on May 25th and he seems to have worked his socks off since that time to identify new players that we need to help with our promotion drive next season.

Rafa has already brought in five new players and they all look good with great attitudes and keen to play for Newcastle; they will certainly strengthen the side.

We have been linked with even more players coming in – particularly with 24 year-old center-back Grant Hanley of Blackburn Rovers, with two bids of £3.5M and £4.5M having already been rejected.

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Rafa Benitez explaining things to his players

But Rafa today has given some encouraging news to Newcastle fans, as he says some deals are close to being completed and hopefully some new players will soon be arriving at Newcastle.

Rafa was asked if there would be any new additions soon to the squad and this is what he said:

“We’re working hard behind the scenes to bring in more players.”

“As I have said before we are close to some of them, hopefully we can do it.”

“We have to be open to offers if somebody is interested.”

“We don’t want to sell,  but if somebody comes we have to make sure we do the right things for the club.”

Newcastle have so far brought in Matz Sels. Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jesus Gamez and Isaac Hayden in that order for around £30M gross.

All five new players are involved in the training camp in County Kildare, Ireland this week which seems to be going very well and adding to the team spirit of the squad.

The camp will finish off with our first friendly  game against Bohemian in Dublin on Saturday at Dalymount Park, with a 2:00pm kick off time.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 14, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    We’re coming into yet another critical period for the club. Unless players are totally committed to the cause, they should be moved on.


    Jul 14, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    agreed mate,obviously keeping the sissoko,gini’s may benefit us but if they are staying they need to be 100%….i doubt they ever will…..wonder if sissoko would be willing to possibly sit on a champions league bench and lose his world cup place with his national side….or have a season as captain,playing every week in champ with a champions league winning manager favourites for promotion,with whole new prospect ahead hopefully for this club.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 14, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Just got to be patient I guess Ron. Agents and the players’ entourages drag these things on for an eternity these days.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 14, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4


    I’ve never been impressed with Sissoko. He’s nowhere near as good as he thinks he is.

    I wouldn’t want his negative attitude anywhere near the club.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5


    I’d like to see the back of Wijnaldum too. What a talented waster!

  • hibbitt

    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #6

    sissoko and winni deals could go till the last day
    buying clubs will be looking to test us on price
    seems to me there’s not a rush of clubs wanting to buy these two


    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    he’s a powerful runner,but defensively(especially corners) for a big powerful bloke is very weak,his touch is’nt great….thats why i believe if he left he would be on the bench unless he bucked his ideas up….but if he did then you have to ask about attitude…if he could suddenly change….i think if he still wants to go,get the money move on and bring a player in to replace…same with gini tbh.


    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    if u could squeeze 40-50m out of gini and sissoko,could spend 10-15m on replacements and stick rest in the bank for the next window or hopefully when promoted.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    I really like the away strip. Shame about the sponsor, otherwise I might actually have bought it.

    Sissoko has absolutely no interest in playing championship football. The varied oppinions on his abilities are irrelevant. Do we want him moping around the pitch? He has shown himself to be unprofessional in attitude, so that is what we would get imo

  • ToonRich

    Jul 14, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #10

    On the kits…I personally dont like the style of them (the collar on the away/3rd are awful). They should have used their euro’16 kits as a standard template of style, or something like Borussia’s!
    If Real do want Sissoko, how about taking Martin Ødegaard off their hands, even if only for a season loan?
    I hope we secure Hanley, he’d add some much needed experience, strength and leadership at the back.


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