Rafa Springs A Surprise With His Summer Transfer Plans

Newcastle United are looking to add two strikers to the squad this summer who have Premier League experience – according to the Chronicle today.

It’s true that we have missed too many chances this season and could have won more games if we could have put those chances away – and obviously that has not gone unnoticed by manager Rafa Benitez.

The transfer plans are dependent on Newcastle winning promotion and with eight games to go and the club fairly well positioned for promotion back to the Premier League, we are hoping that happens.

Andre Gray of Burnley – a target this summer?

25 year-old Callum Wilson of Bournemouth is still a target, but we don’t think Rafa will sign the striker until he is fully fit and fully recovered from the serious ACL injury he picked up early last month.

25 year-old Andre Gray of Burnley is also a potential target and we have also been linked with injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool, who is likely to be sold this summer by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

The news in the Chronicle is that Newcastle have held their first high level transfer meeting for the summer transfer window, where targets have been identified, but of course we cannot move for any of those until promotion is assured.

But with Rafa wanting the players coming in early this summer so they can have a full pre-season on Tyneside, once we do get promotion tied up the serious work of negotiating transfers will start immediately.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney and Everton’s James McCarty are targets and Andros Townsend is also a target – and all three players were top transfer targets in January, but Rafa couldn’t get Mike Ashley to loosen up the purse strings.

Or at least those were the reports.

We have a feeling that those striker targets may not be completely accurate and that Rafa may have some other strikers that he likes and will try to bring in during the summer.

He may surprise us there and wanting two Premier League ready strikers is also a surprise.

It’s going to be really exciting this summer – but first things first – we must secure that promotion – and as early as possible.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Grafton83

    Mar 26, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #1

    What does it say to the current squad if you’re having high level meetings for when you’re promoted.

    The job is NOT done yet, can we please remind ourselves we’re on a terrible run of form and we’re only in 2nd with very little room for error.

  • one fine day

    Mar 26, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #2

    From previous
    26one fine day // Mar 26, 2017 at 7:07 AM

    the overrated Frenchman,
    So Rafa “doesn’t possess sufficient football intelligence ” ?
    Mush have got lucky with all those cups n titles eh?
    De Jong has never been fit under Rafa or in my opinion ever will be .
    Tell me which manager you would have preferred to have taken us over at the same stage of decline as when Mr Benitez came in.?

    27one fine day // Mar 26, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Are we expected to change our style to adapt to system that suits a single player?
    Even if it was ever thought of as remotely feasible ,Mitrovich would simply not be able to deliver on a consistent basis .
    The fact he seems never more than one blood rush away from a straight red doesn’t help .
    To me he is at the moment more impact sub if we are chasing a game and can go 442 .
    I would him to prove me wrong and bang in 20 ( had him as my top scorer in martoons comp) next season however .
    But first I think he has work to do to get Rafa to trust him.

  • expatmag

    Mar 26, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #3


    Gouffran Gamez Hanley Haidara Thauvin Colback Murphy Ameobi Vuckic Saviet Riviere Krul…….20 millon for that lot


    Gibson from Boro……15m
    Shaw from Man Utd…..15m
    Forrest Celtic…5m
    Wilson Bournemouth 10m
    Iniesta….Barcalona…..for one year

  • one fine day

    Mar 26, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #4

    You would hope there are contingency plans being put in place to cover BOTH scenarios .
    Even if one of those is unbearable to think about .

  • expatmag

    Mar 26, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Squad capable of first year consolidation

    Darlow Elliott Woodman Sels

    Anita Yedlin Clark Lascelles Gibson Mbemba Dummett Lazaars Shaw


    Ritchie Forrest Iniesta Shelvey Hayden Diame Perez Cairney, Atsu, Aarons

    Mitrovic Gayle Wilson Armstrong Dejong

    By my reckoning, a net spend of only 40 million quid, a squad of 28, with 3 under 21 included. This would be a squad capable of top 8 to 10 finish under Rafa with Iniesta tbe key and ?placed in te 2nd year

  • Moonraker15

    Mar 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #6

    What does it say to the present squad? “Buck your ideas up or your out”! That’s what it says! Competition for places is the biggest motivator! Complacency is no good when chasing success!

  • John Toon Doe

    Mar 26, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Not being rude to anyone but whoever thinks there is even the slightest chance to sign iniesta. You do not understand football, your in the wrong sport and definatley supporting the wrong team. Im not saying dont dream, but dont put iniesta on your team sheets for next season. @expatmag

  • John Toon Doe

    Mar 26, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #8

    I would be over the moon if we can pull a signing like sigurdsson. he is definatley leaving at the end of the season, And it will be a masterclass seeing shelvey and sigurdsson control that midfield.

  • John Toon Doe

    Mar 26, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Definatley do-able but seeing as siggy has already reached his finest playing age, I doubt we will spend £20+ million to sign him. Most likely Raffa will be leaving at the end of the season, Just looking at his face when interviewing you can see it. I really hope i am wrong.


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