Are These Two Of The Players Rafa Is Close To Signing?

After the game last night Rafa Benitez was asked the status of any new players potentially coming into the club and he said we were close on a few transfers.

Newcastle need at least a playmaker, a striker and a defender brought in and hopefully we will be able to get two of these players through the door soon, since the season starts in 9 days time at Fulham.

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Rafa Benitez – we are close

Players will also leave and the sooner we can get £35M for Moussa Sissoko and have him leave the club the better – his attitude is simply not acceptable for him to stay at Newcastle any longer.

This is some of what Rafa said last night about being close to some signings:

“After Premier League teams started spending some money, people were thinking that the prices would be higher and then it’s more difficult.”

“But still we have some things behind the scenes and we are close.”

So we wonder who the players are that we are close to bringing in.

Maybe the striker is Che Adams and the playmaker is Alex Pritchard?

It seems that Rafa is looking for top young talent who have vast potential for the future, and both these players seem to fit that profile.

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20 year-old Che Adams – Sheffield United striker

Adams started off at Coventry came through the Youth Academy before moving to Ilkeston in 2013 for a year and then joining Sheffield United in November, 2014, when he was 18 with a number of clubs from higher divisions trying to sign the youngster.

In December of 2014 he made his professional debut for the Blades in a 1–0 home victory in the League Cup over Southampton.

Adams didn’t do much in his first season at the Blades – 3 goals in 13 appearances – but last season he scored 12 goals in 40 appearances for the League One club.

So far he has 53 appearances with 15 goals and 5 assists for Sheffield United.

Che has played a couple of times for the England U-20 side and he can play on either wing as well as an out-and-out striker.

He has a lots of pace and would be a great addition to the Newcastle side.

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23 year-old Alex Pritchard while on loan at Brentford

Pritchard has played in the Championship twice before in his career, first of all when he was on loan at Peterborough for half a season in early 2013 – and then when he was on loan at Brentford for the full 2014-2015 season and played 45 league games and scored 12 goals – a very good record.

The 9 times capped England U-21 International was on loan from January of this year at West Brom, but he played only 3 games.

Alex’s contract  at Spurs has three years to run and he will not come cheap, with news that Tottenham want a massive £9M for him – that’s high given his relative lack of experience..

But he looks a very good player in the making and fits the profile of the type of young player Rafa is looking for.

So maybe it’s these two lads that we are close to signing – – and both of therm would be decent signings – if we can get good deals on them.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.