After bringing in two experienced players yesterday in defender Ciaran Clark and attacking midfielder Mohamed Diame, Rafa Benitez is still not finished and would like to bring in up to three more players before the transfer window slams shut on August 31st.
But it looks like one of those players will not be Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert and during the call-in program with Mick Lowes on BBC Radio Newcastle last night, Rafa said it was doubtful Newcastle could get fellow promotion candidates Brighton to sell them the winger.
Rafa Benitez – during a training session
This is what Rafa said last night about winger who we were after back in 2012 when he was just 20 and still at Guingamp:
“We know that will not be easy. “It will be tough to convince them. Normally, you try to sign a player, and if you cannot, you move on.”
Rafa had this to say when asked about bringing in Ciaran Clark and Mohamed Diame for a combined £9.5M yesterday – and whether he was now finished in the transfer market:
“Obviously, we know about the problems at centre-back last year,” “And we wanted to be sure we had enough people.
“Diame can score goals. Every team needs an offensive midfielder who can score goals.”
“On new arrivals – hopefully so. We know we need something. I’m really pleased with the squad and the players.”
We know we have to bring something that will give us more balance.” “I would like two or three more players if it is possible.”
“For me, the key is balance,” “We have to be strong enough in defense and really good in attack.”
Here’s where we stand today in terms of the players who have left the club and those we have brought in and we still haven’t spent anything in net terms – and Newcastle are still making a profit of around £4.5M this summer on the deals we have made.
|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|
We expect Jamaal Lascelles to be named the new Newcastle United captain at 9:30 am today and if we had to hazard a guess as to who the new number 9 will be – we’d say Dwight Gayle.
What do you think?