This Would Be A Surprise Signing By Benitez

We don’t know whether Rafa has finished his incoming transfer activity for Newcastle this summer once we get Chelsea winger Christian Atsu signed, but it seems we are also favorites to sign West Brom and former Wigan winger Callum McManaman.

He’s the player while at Wigan who put in that terrible tackle in March of 2013 on newly arrived left-back Sadio Haidara, which nearly broke the Frenchman’s leg.

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25 year-old West Brom winger Callum McManaman

To be fair to the 25 year-old he did say this after that terrible tackle:

“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.”

Those are good words from McManaman.

Callum is struggling at West Brom since he joined them a year last January and it seems that manager Tony Pulis doesn’t rate him too highly and Callum has played just 12 times for the Baggies.

He was signed on a three-and-a-half-year contract for £4.75M and was Tony Pulis’ first signing for the club and not a good one either.

So if he’s not good enough for West Brom we are not sure why Newcastle would be interested in the Liverpudlian?

He’s available for transfer because after West Brom’s boring 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough yesterday, this is what Pulis said:

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

So he would cost £4.75M.

Callum does meet some requirements for Newcastle since he’s played in the Premier League and spent two full seasons with Wigan in the Championship from 2013-2015.

He’s played a total of 67 Championship games with 10 goals and according to the Chronicle he’s been on Rafa’s radar this summer as a possible signing for Newcastle.

He’s played 36 Premier League games with two goals, so we suppose Rafa may see something in him and could make him into a better player than he is at the moment.

Newcastle have already brought in 11 players and 24 year-old Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu is reported as ready to join Newcastle imminently.

The question is whether Rafa wants to bring two new wingers before Wednesday night  since Rolando Aarons is out for a least 8 weeks with a broken foot.

And we still have Moussa Sissoko at the club and time may be running out for the Frenchman to leave for a top Champions League club, with no club seemingly willing to fork out £35M for the midfielder.

But we would still be very surprised if Rafa brings in Callum McManaman.

What do you think?

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