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Rafa – Newcastle Working On Several Transfer Deals

6:06 pm, Saturday, July 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

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.

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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£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    The many faces of Ian Toon Out!

  • 2 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Tsunki in!

  • 3 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Knockeart in!

  • 4 Tsunki // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Pack It In!

  • 5 MacToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Did you and your young ‘un enjoy the game Jail?
    Need a full match report mate but not a work of fiction like some 😉

  • 6 Tsunki // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Percy Pardew’s Postcard Party Out!


  • 7 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Give in!

  • 8 mindshaft // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    old codgers in

  • 9 MacToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Oh, I’ll get my coat ……… 🙂

  • 10 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Did Rafa make changes at half time?

  • 11 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Tom ince in!

  • 12 MacToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    I’ll try again then.

    Jail ‘n family match report in 🙂

  • 13 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Non fiction match reports in!

  • 14 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    More players to come in then? Excellent! Tiote, Thauvin, and Sissy are headed oot. We’ll have more cash. KnockClarts in first. He sounds a good’un. Then possibly an AMF if Rafa thinks Shelvey and De Jong can’t get it done. A LB as well!

  • 15 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Every other friendly game known to man was available to watch on Kodi except the toon. Very annoying!

  • 16 Ian Toon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Jail –
    Ive only seen the goals. Full match report cand merit marks please?

    I have to go in five minutes.

  • 17 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Let’s play some excellent footy this season and get everyone on the bus! Huzzah!!!!

  • 18 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:19 PM


    Guess what I missed again. 🙂

    I’ll be happy if we won all of our games 3-2, however I’m expecting a shedload off
    clean sheets, especially if its Chancel and lascelles as our centre backs.


    Ist, 117 points, Man of the season Shelvey, top scorer, Goufron 24 goals.

    Final League cup. FA cup Semi finals.

  • 19 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    I see leerdam scored an own goal. Cheesy or what 🙂

  • 20 Ron Knee // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:21 PM


    Thanks. Mentally I’m still about 16!

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Is De Jong injured again or what is happening with him? This is ridiculous. Is a footy player or not?

  • 22 GeordieTwo // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    I feel exactly the same Ron mate!

  • 23 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Is de Jong fit yet

  • 24 SUTTY1978 // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Shire rook – with a centre back called Leerdam, it’s no wonder their defence had more holes than Swiss Cheese!

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Charlie left a canny match report on previous thread. Looked very assured in the first half, everyone looked very much at ease with each other. I missed their first due to the chips queue and couldn’t really see their second. They never announced the attendance today either. A steward I asked reckoned about 20K.

  • 26 Ron Knee // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:27 PM


    Of the new boys, only Gamez was a disappointment, then?

  • 27 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Ours wasn’t much better second half either Sutty

  • 28 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Just got in from match

    cruising first half two sloppy goals second half – defence a worry!!!!!

    Man of the Match Anita for me by a mile
    Nathan for them…

    My assessment:

    Sels: jury’s out shouts at defence which I like but shaky at corners high balls into the six yard box
    Dummet – shaky start but grew into game looked better when went centre half.
    Lascalles – class act going to get better
    Hanley – first impression OK – but looks slow on the ball and likes to hit it long
    Janmaat – Same old same old – great going forward defending not the best

    Richie – looks a good buy – always the outlet ball wants the ball good crosser
    Anita – Absolute outstanding today – some of his passes were superb –
    Colback – same old gets the ball and passes but again to much fouling and niggling opposition for me
    Hayden – class act going to be a another good asset
    Gayle – boy is he quick always on the move – going to catch keepers out with his pressing, not bad in the air and took his goal well.
    Perez – tried but looked a little boy lost.

    Saviet – did ok would keep
    Gamez – absolute TOSH
    Sterry – looks a good player in the making
    Gouffran – Did well but oops missed a chance to score (missed the ball)
    Aarons – to many tricks for me with no end product
    Armstrong – sorry lads – ain’t ready yet needs to go out on loan again not sure if he is going to make it – hope I;m wrong
    Shelley – nowt special – lost a lot of weight
    Mitro – same old Mitro annoying sod – to the opposition

    think thats everyone

  • 29 Average_Contents // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:29 PM


    It’s been the same all pre-season mate. Don’t get why as like you said, others have been broadcast. Pissed me off big time.

  • 30 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Ron knee
    Jesus – Christ Jesus he was Shi*te

  • 31 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Just watched the Colback goal and we were lucky that our number eight didn’t get a foul given against him just prior to the goal.

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    could we not terminate sdj’s contract and claim insurance.

  • 33 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:32 PM


    I’ve tried to get every friendly of ours up on Kodi but nowt. I mean Norwich and qpr were on there today FFS!

  • 34 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    He put a poor pass out for a throw but other than that he wasn’t that bad. Aye, Armstrong was disappointing the few touches he did get he made a hash of and didn’t really do anything.

  • 35 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Played some decent football at times but we are crying out for
    /desperately need a proven goalscorer.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    If he was a telly or a fridge he’d have definitely been sent back.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    What do you reckon the attendance was Charlie?

  • 38 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    Oh Jesus – thought he was awful – to slow – Dummett pulled him out the mire a couple of times with last minute tackles

  • 39 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    thats the trick,getting a quality goalscorer at this level is hard,can understand getting gayle coz there really is’nt a lot of decent strikers about for decent money

  • 40 tomellifred360 // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Creating a Fantasy Football League if anyone is interested.


  • 41 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    i should say…. decent value for money.

  • 42 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    20,000 maybe – don’t know ho full the Gallowgate was cos I was near the front and not in my usual seat.
    Don’t care for the seats in the lower tier though – bloody cramped

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    It was pretty obvious in January that we were going down. Should have grabbed Jordan Rhodes.

  • 44 Ron Knee // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Cheering news:-

  • 45 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    as I say got to get a proven goalscorer in ASAP – this week as we could struggle to get to grips with the championship as our defence still looks a bit shakey/flakey

  • 46 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    doubt he would of joined us in january…we were looking poor and doomed while other interested clubs were either pushing for promotion or pretty safe to stop up.

  • 47 SPRINGY // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:48 PM

    any strikers/goalscorers come to mind?

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    So the frig what that Gamez was poor today, overall in pre season he’s been good, he’s a new player adapting to new life, what you want him to do score 3 goals, he could be man of the match next week, there’s always going to a player that might not perform, Hayden might have a shocker against Fulham, as for moaning about defending that happens to all teams as well, shit happens on the day.

  • 49 ShirebrookToon // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    What about Chris Martin from Derby

  • 50 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    4 for you from the championship…
    Ross McCormack 21 goals last year for Fulham
    Jonathan Kodja 18 for Bristol City
    Moussa Dembele 15 for Fulham
    Martin Foresteiri 15 for Sheff Wed

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    We have to cut you a bit of slack because of your learning difficulties but could you try that post in something that resembles comprehension.

  • 52 welshgeordie9 // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:09 PM


    Nothing wrong with my comment, moan about Gamez this week, next week it will be someone else, it’s not rocket science.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Benitez said today he’s happy with all the new signings, that’s good enough for me.

  • 54 Mag52 // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:11 PM


    5th.position in the league. Number of points, 105.
    Player of the season, Lascelles.
    Top scorer, Gayle with 14.
    League Cup, quarter finals.
    F.A. Cup 4th. round.

  • 55 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Well off to pub – let you argue amongst yourselves – still thought Jesus was Sh*te – to slow to catch cold – bye

  • 56 welshgeordie9 // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Besides what do want the team to do, score goals but never concede, well that’s not going to happen.

  • 57 Jail for Ashley // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    Fifth with 105 points. Are you sure?

  • 58 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Surely gigi wijnaldum needs to be replaced. We haven’t bought anybody since he left.

  • 59 Our Toon // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    As good as rafa is as a manager he needs to realise zonal marking is costing goals. I’ve never understood the point of zonal marking from set pieces. A major flaw which will no doubt result in more goals being conceded.

  • 60 check the toastie // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Our transfer business has been shoite, we need to give Rafa the tools to make certain we return to the top flight.

    Need signings quickly or Rafa will feel well and truly done over and we will have another Keegan situation.

    Investment has been slow moving. need to get it sorted Fat Man. This could quickly turn sour.

  • 61 Oldgit1 // Jul 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    @ Charlie = just got in from the match and totally agree with your assessment of the match. I thought Anita was class and feel he will be great in the champianship. I’m afraid we still need a LB. dummett does nothing for me, although when moved to centre back he did seem more comfortable. We still need a striker also not convinced with mitri. No pace and totally lost it when he was one on one with their goalkeeper.
    Interesting match.

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