There has been news over the last few weeks that Rafa Benitez is hoping to get a decent contingent of his new players into Newcastle by the time pre-season starts on Monday 3rd July, which is two week this coming Monday.
But it seems our efforts to sign players early have come to little success and we have shifted six first team players out of the club and brought Christian Atsu in from Chelsea for £6.2M.
But Rafa is hoping to get the deals lined up so we can start bringing players in later this week and next week.
The more good players the better.
26 year-old Eibar center-back Florian Lejeune
The most likely players to come in now seem like two Liverpool stalwarts – 30 year-old Lucas Leiva of Liverpool and 34 year-old goalkeeper Pepe Benitez of Napoli, who will add much needed Premier League experience to the team.
The chances of signing Tammy Abraham from Chelsea quickly, seem to have faded rather rapidly and he’s off playing for the England U21 side in the European Championships in Poland until early next month.
Newcastle’s loan offer for the 19 year-old talented striker is on the table, but it hasn’t been taken up by Chelsea – not yet anyway.
And other clubs such as Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, who have an excellent working relationship with Chelsea, as well as PL club Swansea – are moving in with new loan offers.
The transfer of 26 year-old Eibar center-back Florian Lejeune was reported close to completion a week ago, but that has stalled too, but he still looks a good bet for somebody coming in over the next two weeks.
Newcastle are willing to meet the release clause of £8.6M (€10M) in the Frenchman’s contract.
Other players Newcastle could sign in the next two weeks, with negotiations having already taken place, include winger Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace, striker Andre Gray of Burnley, winger Nicholas Pepe of Angers and midfielder Gabriel Pires of Leganes.
But one of the players coming in could very well be a complete surprise that we may not even have been linked with in the press up to this point.
There’s an interesting thought – he may not be one of the 100 players Newcastle have already been linked with this summer.
Which four players do you think Newcastle can sign in the next couple of weeks?