The Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been speaking to the press in Ireland where the first team squad are at their training camp at Carton House – and Rafa says he is still confident Newcastle can get some transfer business completed this summer.
There was news this morning that Newcastle may have a chance to sign 20 year-old Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo for £10M on a permanent deal and we are still trying to sign 22 year-old Norwich winger Jacob Murphy.
Rafa took an open training session early this morning for the media and fans before he then talked to the press.
Rafa Benitez meets with fans in Ireland as he signs autographs
It’s a difficult transfer window for Newcastle but there is still enough time left to get some good players through the door this summer.
At the moment we are after both Ojo and Murphy but Rafa also wants an experienced goalkeeper brought in – even though Rob Elliot looked in great form on Friday night at Tynecastle with three or four top class saves in the first half of that game.
A striker and a playmaker are the other positions Rafa wants to be strengthened before September rolls around.
This is what Rafa said when asked what his message was to the fans on the transfer front:
“We are working very hard and trying to get as close as possible to some signings.”
“When I had the meeting with Mike Ashley I was confident that after that meeting we have the money available and the wages.”
“Everything is in place to move forward.” “Hopefully, Mike can keep his word and we can do what we want to do.”
“Everybody wants to impress and that’s how it should be at the start of pre-season.
“You know the players already but if they come back and want to impress you want to consider them even more.”
It’s interesting that Rafa refers there to Mike Ashley keeping his word – if he doesn’t we are in trouble with Rafa – that’s for sure.
We are still hoping Newcastle can do some good business soon, and Lee Charnley and team are hopefully working their socks off to get good players in for the manager.
What do you think?