Newcastle have managed to get both 33 year-old Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy and 24 year-old Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar over the line today and both players were announced as Newcastle players.
That brings to eleven the number of new players who have arrived at Newcastle this summer in Rafa Benitez’ first transfer window at the club.
The window closes on Wednesday night at 11:00 pm and it is expected we will get at least one new player signed before then.
Christian Atsu in Ghana’s colors
We are in talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for 24 year-old Ghanaian International winger Christian Atsu, and ESPN sources are reporting the negotiations are at an advanced stage, and that’s being reported in the Mail too.
Atsu joined Chelsea from FC Porto in 2013 for £3.5M, but he has yet to play for the Chelsea first team and he’s been shipped out on loan for the last three years to Vitesse, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga.
The loan deal will include the chance for Newcastle to make the move permanent nest summer and it gives Rafa the chance to run the rule over the talented Ghanaian before possibly signing him permanently.
Christian will give us more thrust and power down the right wing and more competition for places too, especially since Rolando Aarons is now out for at least eight weeks with a broken metatarsal in his foot and it could be even longer than that.
Rafa is now expected to bring in at least one new winger before Wednesday night, but he could make that two if the former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager things that’s necessary to further strengthen the squad.
Christian’s loan spell to Bournemouth last January was cut short because he was not getting enough playing time (2 appearances – one goal) and he spent the rest of last season in Spain at Malaga where he played 24 times and scored 4 goals.
In the last three years on loan he has played 69 times with 9 goals and 9 assists.
He would be a good addition to the Newcastle squad for the season and was the Player of the Tournament and scored the Goal of the Tournament at the African Cup on Nations in January of last year.