The news yesterday on the Newcastle transfer targets was fairly positive with Newcastle still negotiating with Swansea to get Modou Barrow through the door, although it seems Newcastle and Crystal Palace have given up on trying to forge a deal to get Andros Townsend back to Tyneside.
That would have been a great deal for us, but it looks like it will not happen – maybe in the summer?
There’s a decent chance that Barrow will join us, with Swansea wanting £7M for him rather than the £5M initially reported and they want Newcastle to buy him this month or at least put an obligation to buy in the loan clause – if it’s a loan deal.
23 year-old Brazil playmaker Gabriel Appelt Pires
There’s a decent possibility we can still do the deal for Barrow.
It’s also looking like James McCarthy could end up on Tyneside this month, but there was a surprise news last night that Newcastle have bid for 23 year-old Brazil playmaker Gabriel Appelt Pires – known as Gabriel.
He joined Spanish club Leganes from Juventus last August having spent the previous season on loan there and the news was from Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
If we do get Gabriel through the door it probably means McCarthy will not be coming in this month – but again Rafa can go after him in the summer.
Newcastle could even make some deal now that can lead to us signing McCarthy in the summer, given that we get promoted back to the Premier League by then.
But the news last night on Gabriel, always assuming it’s true, shows that Rafa is simply determined to add two players to his squad this month to help us with our final push to get promoted this season.
That’s job one at Newcastle and we have a good chance of achieving it – especially with two new players coming in by next Tuesday night.
Howay The Lads!!