It was reported yesterday in the Mirror that Rafa Benitez was frustrated Newcastle hadn’t signed more players by now.
We have signed Christian Atsu for £6.2M from Chelsea following his successful loan spell, but he knows he needs to continue to improve and become more consistent and hopefully score more goals for us.
But he’s a good player and has an excellent temperament and character and is already popular with the fans.
26 year-old center-back Florian Lejeune of Eibar
There has been news last week and over the weekend we are close to signing at least three players.
It looks like we have agreed the €10M (£8.4) release clause in Florian Lejeune’s contract at Eibar and we are expecting that deal has to be very close to being sealed.
In addition it looks like Newcastle are now in the driver’s seat for the impressive Sporting Lisbon 23 year-old center-back Ruben Semedo.
The news yesterday is that the deal should be completed this week with there seeing to be agreement on a low €14M (£12.1M) fee.
Sporting are keen to get the deal done before Rubin is off to the U-21 European Championships in Poland on June 16th.
So there are the two center-backs Rafa wanted but neither has any Premier League experience, which is
a little strange.
And finally it seems we are in the lead to sign Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, even though the fee looks a fairly hefty £15M, given he has just one year left on his contract.
But that has not put Rafa off who must rate the 10 times capped 27 year-old England International left-back.
So right at the start of this week – exactly four weeks before pre-season training starts – those three good players look to be the closest to be signed.
We hope that Lee Charnley and his team can push all three deals through before next weekend.
If Newcastle can do that we will be off to a good start this summer in the transfer window.
That would be three players for around £35M – all back four players.
What do you think?