Newcastle has a lot of work still to do in this transfer window.
We hope the club is successful in bringing in at least four new players before the end of August but also we have to sell players like Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet, Manu Riviere and Sadio Haidara and it’s hard to see all those players leaving the club in the next 10 days.
And that would cause Newcastle a bit of a headache as far as the wages go, although it does look like Lazaar will move on loan with an option to buy to Italian club Genoa.
Henri Saivet – who will buy this player?
After our second successive defeat yesterday at Huddersfield yesterday Rafa was asked about the status of the transfer market, and this is what he said, as reported in the Chronicle:
“We’ll see what happens. “It’s still 11 days until the window closes. It’s not an easy window.”
“There is nothing to say about transfers at the moment – there’s no news,”
“I haven’t seen the latest names linked with Newcastle.” “We have to wait.”
“Obviously, we are working behind the scenes trying to do things, but I don’t know what our position is at the moment.”
It’s not too surprising that the manager hasn’t had the latest news since Lee Charnley is the one doing the negotiations.
And for the last day or two Rafa will have been busy preparing the team for yesterday’s game at the John Smith’s Stadium – so Rafa’s comments are not as gloomy as they may appear.
Two players in this week and a win against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday would quickly raise the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.
That’s the least we are hoping for this week.