Why Newcastle Are Becoming A Well Oiled Transfer Machine

There are a number of things which make Newcastle at the current time a club well oiled to get transfer targets into the club and players moved out.

The first is that Mike Ashley wants all transfers paid up front in cool cash and that does at least a couple of things for us – it tempts other clubs to do business with Newcastle because they get the cash up front and can use it immediately to bring new players in.

The other thing is that it helps Newcastle negotiate good deals, because we are paying cash up front and do not pay the fee over two or three years like other clubs usually do the fee can often be reduced.

Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley
Rafa and Lee run transfer business at Newcastle
And they do it very well

This is now getting a lot of publicity this summer and it shows good financial management by the club.

The other thing going for us – which showed up in last summer’s stellar transfer window for Newcastle – is the we have two workaholics doing the transfers – Lee Charnley  and Rafa Benitez.

Not only that but they seem to see eye to eye and like working together.

So while there is a lot of work to do this summer, we are quite confident Newcastle will have another good transfer season based on how Newcastle carry out their business.

It’s already clear that Rafa has done his homework in detail on the players he wants at the club and we’re sure Lee knows which targets Rafa wants him to go after first.

And that’s exactly what Lee Charnley and he team seem to be doing as we read reports of Newcastle putting in offers for their targets.

It’s not only true for targets coming in, but Lee has to work on players being transferred out or going out on loan to get their wages off the wage bill.

Or to get younger players out on loan to get some first team playing time next season.

Newcastle brought in 12 new players last summer for the Championship and moved out 20 players – either released, sold or sent on loan.

Am amazing amount of work done by Newcastle last summer and we’re not even going to mention we made £31M in profit last summer too.


Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

And Rafa will again be fully involved in this summer’s transfer business as he talks and meets with potential targets telling them why he wants them at the club and how he wants to use them.

That worked out very well last summer and Rafa can be very convincing with the players he wants to bring into the club.

So those are some of the reasons we are hoping for another very good transfer window this summer and at the moment we have one signing – Christian Atsu  signed from Chelsea for £6.2M

By September that list could be as many as 32 players coming or going – as it was last summer.

Even more if anything.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 27, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Interesting article by Jan Kermoghant in the Times this morning about how foreign (French in particular) players find it difficult to integrate into some English clubs as they often don’t feel very welcome.

    Wonder if any of our French recruits had this problem.

    Might explain why so many just couldn’t hack it in the EPL.

    Rafa does appear to have the nous to make sure that foreign players aren’t alienated whereas Pardew, Carver and even McLaren didn’t.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 27, 2017 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #2

    This weekend I reckon Arsenal to win the FA cup and Reading to beat Huddersfield.

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 27, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Chelsea and Huddersfield for me. Prefer if reading did it.

  • ramajama

    May 27, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed appreciate the time and effort you put into this blog and Iv been a long time reader but there’s definitely been a shift to click bait and non-fact posts. Too many headlines say “signing close” yet it’s just speculation and no quotes. Feels like your trying to push stories with the readers you have rather than telling it how it is. Still appreciate what you do though

  • cyprus

    May 27, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    No but mention of Carr or a scouting team. Don’t we got one anymore, warts and all?

  • cyprus

    May 27, 2017 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Delete ‘but’

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Been too bored to get involved lately (massive cheer erupts in blogland..) but just had to respond to ramajama –

    If you’ve been a long time reader you will know Eds blog is not cutting edge revelatory journalism but a blog, a series of articles designed to entice/provoke readers into debate, discussion , commiseration and celebration of ALL things NUFC, not just footballing either. And second you could cut a seriously ill guy some slack for not scooping the mainstream media and feeding you blazing insight on current issues while he tries to deal with yet another bout of chemotherapy.

    You probably didn’t think your comment looked crass, but take my word for it, it is. Go sign up with NYT if you like sensational insight.

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyhooooo… On topic –

    I’ve seen Mike and Lee well-oiled and I tell you it ain’t a pretty sight.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 27, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Tsunki, totally agree with your comment 8. Just what do some people want?

    As for the goal of the season I reckon Jonjo’s almost goal from the half way line would have been the one had it gone in.

    I think Perez’s flick in the last game has to be the one. Perhaps followed by Murphy’s opportunistic one.

  • Ron Knee

    May 27, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11


    The Perez goal is my favourite too.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 27, 2017 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #12


    A couple of potential headlines there for you.

    My French disconnection one for the intellectual bloggers.

    And a poll for the goal of the season for us proles. 🙂

  • faithinnewcastle

    May 27, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Thanks for all your efforts ed and I hope you’re doing ok


    May 27, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    essex geordie bill at one one of the main reasons in my opinion the team spirit improved this season was we only had 2 french speakers instead of 9 of which 1 haidara was always injured. i also think the reason they have not adapted to the prem is not that they were made to feel welcome but that they were mediocore players playing in a crap league and were not up to it.

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Faithinnewcastle – much appreciated I try my be…. Oh. You meant Ed. Aah. 🙂

    My goal is Perez, but not the backheel flick – come on people it has to be the one against Ipswich! Build up is tight, precise team play, good positioning, excellent awareness by Shelvey to switch the play with a sublime ball to feet, and was that Dummett with a beautiful curved cross into the box? – followed by the intelligent flick on header and the classic runner to the back stick anticipating it. Has to be that one. Other goals were individually technically great or better finishes, but the team goal gets it every time for me as the essence of the game.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 27, 2017 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #16


    I was quoting from an article by a French player and he made some very good points imo. I can’t help thinking that if players of any nationally in any team feel as if they are outsiders then they won’t perform to the best of there ability.

    As an example take Joe Kinnear calling Cabaye kebab or whatever it was he said.

    I could be wrong but I have a feeling that Thauvin, Cabbella and HBA never felt at home under certain managers, they weren’t crap players before coming to England and they aren’t now but as you say they never (or seldom) performed as well as expected.

    It’s easy to label some players as crap without examining why!!

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    I also think that it’s possible that sometimes foreign players get less mollycoddling and sympathy than they think they are entitled to and subsequently get a pet lip on

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 27, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18


    To be fair I think we’d have to see all of the best goals and unless Ed (or someone else) is going to produce a cameo of them then I doubt if we’ll have any sort of consensus.

    By the way did we or did we not score 100 goals in all competitions, I seem to remember a hooh haah when Dwight scored the 100th

  • lesh

    May 27, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #19


    Take me it was on Ed man.

    It’s close season and there’s nowt to report until it happens.

    Perhaps you’d be happier reading the red-tops??

  • Tsunki

    May 27, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #20


    There you go Essex. I’m off to make a coffee, I’ll check back to see if you’ve finished 🙂


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