Rafa Could Still Surprise Us With 13th Signing

With Rolando Aarons injured and out for at least eight weeks with his broken foot and with his injury history, Rafa Benitez is considering bringing in a second winger in addition to Chelsea winger Christian Atsu.

Atsu will have a medical tomorrow after terms were fully agreed with Chelsea, before signing a season long loan deal with an option to buy at Newcastle.

Callum McManaman has been on Rafa Benitez’ hit list this summer but we have moved for higher priority targets so far.

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25 year-old West Brom winger Callum McManaman

Callum is available for £4.75M from West Brom with the 25 year-old Liverpudlian having no future at the Baggies.

Callum signed for West Brom in January of last year from Wigan for that identical fee, but he has hardly played at West Brom (12 appearances) and has not been in their first team squad at all this season.

Tony Pulis said this on Sunday afternoon after the drab 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough:

“I expect McManaman to leave, we’ll get our money back on him.” 

McManaman began his youth career at home town club Everton before being released in 2007 – and it’s then that he signed on at Wigan at just 16 years-old.

We think Callum would be a decent signing for us, but it’s up to Rafa to decide if he needs another winger in the squad.

And that really terrible tackle Callum made on Sadio Haidara in March of 2013 when he was playing for Wigan will likely not be held against him after he did issue this apology:

“I actually thought I’d won the ball cleanly and it was only afterwards when I saw the replays that I realised what I’d done.”

“It’s something I regret and, if could go back in time, I’d make sure it didn’t happen.”

“But it did and all I can do now is work on my game and try and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Sadio is still at Newcastle.

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