In the first 29 days of this transfer window Newcastle have not been successful in getting any players in – not even development players – and now we have just over two days to go in the window.
Rafa wants two more players brought in – a playmaker and a winger – and it’s quite obvious he wants Everton’s James McCarthy and Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend as his first choice.
There was some news last night in the Mail that there had been movement on McCarthy, with a report in the Mail that we have offered Everton £16M for McCarthy, but it had been turned down.
Rafa Benitez and Andros Townsend
That may mean Newcastle were holding out for a loan deal, but are now willing to pay out money late in the transfer window – if that’s what’s necessary to get the players in.
That would make sense when you think promotion is worth at least £150M a season to us if we can return to the Premier League.
Not sure if the Mail report is accurate and Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright has said McCarthy is not available.
If Newcastle have money to spend they could also bid for Andros Townsend and Palace would sell for the £13M they paid Newcastle for him last June.
When you think we have 19 league games to go, then getting these two players would certainly help our promotion push and they are players who can perform for us in the Premier League.
Far better make sure now and not regret it in May if we miss out because we get injuries to Jonjo Shelvey and other vital players.
That’s the exact type of potential situation Rafa is trying to guard against and Mike Ashley should back him and trust his manager.
Rafa knows what he’s doing in football.
We really need to go all out to try to get both McCarthy and Townsend through the door before Tuesday night when the window slams shut at 11:00 pm.