The news today is that Newcastle want to bring in as many as four new players before the transfer window ends two weeks tomorrow.
The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa wants to bring in two strikers, including an experienced striker who could even be in his 30s.
Brendan Galloway – Newcastle want to complete loan deal
That would be a change for Newcastle to sign an older player, although we did sign 31 year-old Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid this summer and he is still set to make his competitive debut for the club.
We thought Gamez would be a regular starter when he first signed.
Newcastle are a young side and it is thought that bringing in an experienced striker up front will help the younger strikers – Mitrovic, Perez and Gayle.
The Magpies are still after an experienced winger and news is that we had an offer for a Premier League winger turned down only last week.
Rafa wants a player who can play on either wing and can add some attacking flair and thrust out wide.
Benitez is also keen to tie up the Brendan Galloway loan deal this week, and that will depend on whether Everton are willing to complete the deal before they bring in defensive reinforcements.
The 20 year-old was on the bench last Saturday in the 1-1 home draw against Tottenham.
Middlesbrough are also interested in taking Galloway on loan for the season, although is is being reported that Brendan wants to come to Newcastle.
Galloway would compete with Paul Dummett for the left-back position and should get plenty of games at Newcastle this season.
But that deal is a pure loan deal with no option to buy, as Everton manager Ronald Koeman sees Galloway as a top player of the future.
While all this transfer activity is going on, Newcastle must concentrate on getting some wins in the four games we have to play through August 27th, including a home game against Reading tomorrow night.