After the 3-2 win against Vitesse today Rafa Benitez was interviewed and he was asked if any progress had been made in the transfer market.
Rafa said he still wanted to bring more players into the club, because some players would still be leaving Newcastle and they would need to be replaced.
The manager said the club was working with the agents of players to get them to other clubs.
Rafa Benitez – wants more players brought in
The most recent news on a player likely to be arriving at Newcastle is Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert and we had an £8M offer turned down for him recently, but it looks like the Magpies will go back in with a £10M offer.
This is what Rafa said after the game today when asked about progress in the transfer market:
“We are still working behind the scenes and trying to do some deals.” “I am happy, but I still think we need more balance. We have 46 games to play in the Championship.”
“The squad is not short, but we have players who maybe will leave. We have to replace those players. We are working with the agents of the players who are currently here.”
“For me it is a challenge. I decided to stay because the club and the fans were fantastic with me. I want to win promotion this year and if I am here it is because I think we can do it.”
Newcastle have so far brought in six players and we have allowed eight to leave.
We also still have lots of money to spend since at the moment we have made a profit of around £14M in this summer’s transfer market and it’s expected we will get close to £47M for selling both Moussa Sissoko and Florian Thauvin this summer.
Rafa is said to want another four or five players brought in.
|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|