Spanish manager Rafa Benitez has said Newcastle are now close to bringing some new players into the club, but until the deals are closed you never really know.
Rafa has been after at least a winger and a striker but has not been successful over the last couple of weeks.
Rafa Benitez – close to some new players coming in
Also the deal to bring in Brendan Galloway on loan for the season keeps getting delayed, although the club is still hopeful of getting the youngster in.
This is what Rafa has said about the status of Newcastle’s late transfer push:
“We are quite close to some players, but you never know until you finalize the deals,” “You can talk and everything is agreed, but something can change at the last minute.
“We are trying to bring in players and find solutions for some players.” Newcastle hope to complete their business in advance of transfer deadline day on August 31. Benitez added:
“We don’t want to do it in the last day or the last minute. We want to do it before. We are trying to do that.”
Rafa is also in the process of allowing some players to leave the club and they include Siem de Jong who should tie up a loan deal to PSV this weekend.
This is what Rafa added about the Dutchman and the size of the squad he wants:
“We’ve spoken to Siem De Jong and this is an opportunity to play regularly in Holland.”
“If everything is right it’s an opportunity. We are talking about other players.”
“I don’t like to have a big squad, like 31 or 32, it’s too much.”
With only 11 days to go we will see new players come in and some will leave also as Rafa adjusts the size of the squad he wants.
Sounds good to us.