We reported this morning that Newcastle are still interested in signing Adama Toure of Middlesbrough – the speed merchant – who we think would be a great signing for Newcastle and Rafa could really turn this lad into a top class player since the Spanish forward seems to have all the skills.
Middlesbrough are in desperate need of a goalkeeper and along with Reading and maybe Aston Villa there seems to be a bidding war going on for the impressive Karl Darlow – we hope there’s a bidding war going on for the Karl Darlow – who played so well for us last season in the Championship.
Boro bid an initial £5M for Karl and it was immediately turned down yesterday and that was a good move by Newcastle, because the former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper showed last season he was one of the best goalkeepers in England’s second division.
21 year-old former Barcelona winger Adama Traore – swap deal with Karl Darlow?
We’re still not sure why Rafa wants to sell Karl – but he does.
The Chronicle are reporting today the club is trying to arrange some kind of swap deal with Karl going one way and Adama Toure coming the other with some money also coming from Newcastle – we assume.
However, Karl’s value in the transfer must have risen signficantly over the last twelve months so that should help with the deal from Newcastle’s perspective.
It would seem to be a great deal if Newcastle can pull this one off and it seems to make a lot of sense for both clubs.
We were first linked with Traore towards the end of June and we were always impressed with Adama’s ability when we watched Boro play last season in the Premier League – he just needs some help with the direction of his play and Rafa can give him that.
It should help also that Benitez is Spanish and one of the best managers in the world and he could be a big draw for the 21 year-old forward.
The news is that the two clubs are now working on a deal and it would be great if we can pull this one off.
Karl Darlow – was great for us last season
If Karl does leave then Rafa has to bring in a top goalkeeper who would probably become the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle and it could well be we could see Pepe Reina in the Newcastle goal in the first game of the season on Sunday, 13th August against Tottenham Hotspur at home.
The game is being televised around the world live – not a bad start to the season for us as we return to the Premier league – especially if we can win the game against the Premier League runners-up of last season.
That would be some start to the season.
Howay the Lads!!