It’s going to be a hectic last six days of the summer transfer window for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle.
But the club have done well lately to shift out players like Siem De Jong, Kevin Mbabu, Henri Saivet and Tim Krul on loan and sold Daryl Janmaat to Watford.
We also brought in the right back we needed to replace Daryl Janmaat – 23 year-old promising young American DeAndre Yedlin, who was delighted to sign for such a big club.
French striker Sebastien Haller in French colors
That’s all been done this week and the players leaving help to reduce the wage bill significantly, although we still need to bring in at least three more players this summer.
Newcastle are still in need of a left-back, a winger and a striker to round out Rafa’s squad.
We are reported to be after Palermo’s 24 year-old left back Achraf Lazaar and 22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, but it seems we will not be signing the exciting 27 year-old Brentford midfielder Alan Judge – at least not this summer.
Maybe we go after him in January once the double fracture of his right leg is fully healed?
We have also been linked with Chelsea’s 23 year-old Ghanaian International right winger Christian Atsu on loan with an option to buy.
If Newcastle can bring in three good players in those positions, then we will have done extremely well in this summer’s transfer window.
But the proof of the pudding is always in the eating and we have to start winning games consistently from now on.
Newcastle are also looking to sell Cheick Tiote for £2M to Greek giants Olympiacos and loan out both Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere to Lorient or some other club.
Adam Armstrong – fresh from signing a new four year contract at his home town club yesterday – will also be sent out on loan for the season to get games to assist in his development.
So the ins and outs will at the end of August look even bigger than they do at the moment.
|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 have a tough game against Brighton tomorrow and fans are not very hopeful of a win in that game, with Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle and Rolando Aarons all out injured.
Only 28% think we will win the game, which is the result we really need.
There is also a two week International break coming up, so we really need to win this game.
Losing the game would make it another very painful two week International break for Newcastle fans – and hey – we’ve had far too many of those over the last few years.
Howay The Lads!!