It looks like when preseason starts on Monday we will have at most one new player though the door in addition to the already signed Christian Atsu.
The news this morning is as it’s been for the last 16 days – that we are a day or two from closing the deal for Florian Lejeune from Eibar.
Yes – this is getting just a little bit boring with not much happening.
We suppose the deal is being held up because Newcastle don’t want to pay the full £8.7M fee up front which is our usual practice.
Rafa Benitez – very slow progress made by Newcastle
With Newcastle being down below for a year we are at a disadvantage compared with even the lower level Premier League clubs from a financial viewpoint, with PL clubs getting at least £100M from the PL this month.
We received around £40M from the Premier League from a parachute payment this month and £7.1M from the Championship, so that means we got over £50M less than the lowest paid PL clubs for last season.
Newcastle are probably trying to make the money span out this summer, with Rafa wanting up to eight new first teamers brought in.
Rafa is disappointed at the slow progress at Newcastle and the fact that we have missed out on a number of our targets already and he was hoping for more signings by now.
Last season at this time we had managed to bring in Matz Sels from Gent and he was quickly followed by Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth and Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace, who were both on board in the first day or two of preseason training.
So we have to hope there are more deals being worked on than just the season-long loan deal for 20 year-old winger Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, in addition to trying to sign Florian Lejeune for almost three weeks.
It’s disappointing but we also have to try to be a bit patent we suppose.
What do you think?