Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley have already done a lot of work this summer and offers are in for a number of our transfer targets, but they are finding the transfer market difficult with players being valued at ridiculous prices.
And even when we have seemed to have got a player almost signed, sealed and delivered – like Tammy Abraham on loan – it seems that his agent has entered into the fray and delayed everything.
He’s hoping for new offers for his client after Tammy has played and presumably done well for the England U21 side at the European Championships in Poland.
New offers in this context means the agent will make more money for himself.
These two men working very hard behind the scenes
We have been close to signing center-back Ruben Semedo of Sporting who eventually went to Valencia and we have been linked closely with signing both Angers forward Nicolas Pepe and Florian Lejeune of Eibar, but both deals seem to have stalled for whatever reason.
A former top target – Hull City center-back Harry Maguire – was a real favorite of ours but was signed by Leicester City recently for a high £17M, about £5M above Newcastle’s valuation of the player.
Newcastle have been linked with two experienced Premier League goalkeepers in Pepe Reina of Napoli and the released Manchester City goalie Willy Caballero – but no real movement on these targets with both deals seemingly stalled.
Either of these goalkeepers would offer real stability and experience to the Newcastle defense.
There’s news in the Chronicle today that there’s no panic going on behind the scenes and that Rafa has plenty of targets identified and of course lots of contacts out there – he’s done his homework very well – as usual.
But Rafa did expect to have at least two players through the door by now in addition to Christian Atsu being signed for £6.2M.
There’s certainly no room for panic but that doesn’t stop some Newcastle fans from getting just a little bit anxious over no new signings.
Especially when Rafa has made it clear he wants players signed before pre-season starts in just over two weeks time.
It appears like that’s not going to happen.
But it’s a very difficult market, so we’ll have to stay patient.
But sometimes that can be difficult for some of us.
Howay The Bonnie Lads!!
Note: Emma Daubney and her daughter Tiegan are taking part in the Race for Life for Cancer Research UK on 1st July 17th at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.
All donations go to Cancer Research UK.
Emma’s partner Danny lost a work colleague a couple of years ago to cancer and to had to watch the effects chemotherapy had on his body and it was heart wrenching to him as his friend had terminal cancer, but doggedly kept coming to work and plodding along.
Sadly he died in hospital and Emma’s auntie also had breast cancer but luckily came through it and was giving the all clear in the end.
So the two ladies are doing a great thing in raising funds to fight this disease and there are new treatments being developed all the time.
See if you can donate and help them reach their goals – Here’s the donation page