Unfortunately the Chronicle are reporting today there are no new deals near to competition for Newcastle, so we’re not sure what Lee Charnley was referring to a week ago when he mentioned that some deals (plural) were close to being completed to the Fans Forum.
We have signed Florian Lejeune from Eibar and he will be showcased at the Benton training ground today, but we were hoping for one or two more players to be signed this week.
Well – we must be more patient!
The nearest one to completion seems to be 26 year-old Andre Gray who has repeatedly failed to agree a new deal at Burnley and has reached an impasse with recent contract discussions.
26 year-old Burnley striker Andre Gray
He could cost more than £10M even though he just has one year left on his contract at Burnley.
West Ham United are the other club interested in signing the forward and generally we should be able to get a decent deal on a player who has just one year left on his contract.
But this summer is another crazy transfer window, with the top clubs seemingly trying to out do each other on how much they can pay for one player.
Arsenal yesterday signed our former target Alexandre Lacazette for a whopping £53M and three years ago there was a report we covered that Newcastle and Lyon had agreed a fee that could rise to £15M with add-ons for the French striker – how things have changed.
Burnley seem to be realizing they will lose Gray this summer and they are now close to signing Jon Walters from Stoke City, and if that deal goes through as expected, they will let Andre Gray move on.
The Northern Echo are reporting today the Hammers are willing to pay £12M for Gray, but Newcastle will bid for the player and it will be a competitive bid, so let’s hope Rafa can persuade Andre to join the Rafalution on Tyneside.
The report is Rafa definitely wants Andre Gray at the club and even thinks he could be under-valued at £12M, so maybe we can even outbid West Ham for the player?
If Andre doesn’t want to come – so be it – since we only want players who want to come to the new Newcastle.
We hope Andre is one of those players.
What do you think?