Rafa Benitez seems confident Newcastle can move at least three players in before the summer transfer window closes next week – that;s what he’s hoping for.
And the players we seem closest to signing are 21-year-old Kenedy on a season loan from Chelsea, 23-year-old Dennis Praet from Sampdoria in a straight deal and a goalkeeper – maybe 34-year-old Pepe Reina or Rafael Cabral from Napoli.
We’re not exactly sure if we can still get Pepe Reina to Tyneside, but he would be a big boost to the side.
That’s not only because of his skill and experience in goal but also for his positive attitude which is said to be infectious in the dressing room.
Certainly, Rafa would be happy if he could get his former goalkeeper to Newcastle.
Kenedy – transfer target for Newcastle
The Northern Echo is reporting we are very close to finalizing the loan deal for Kenedy with Antonio Conte said to be close to bringing in some new signings this week for the Premier League Champions.
It is hoped Kenedy’s loan deal will be confirmed before Saturday’s home game against West Ham United.
Newcastle has held talks with Sampdoria over the transfer of Dennis Praet the former Anderlecht midfielder, and there are even reports in Italy that our offer of £12.8M has been accepted by the Italian club.
So there are hopes we can get Kenedy, Praet, and Reina to the club during this next week.
This is some of what Rafa has said today as reported in the Northern Echo:
“We have to make the changes,” “We can only have 25 players on the squad list, so if you are not in the squad, if you do not have a squad number, then we have to find a solution.”
“You cannot perform miracles – you have to tell people that even though they have been good professionals, they will not be part of the squad.”
“It is important we start winning again,” “But at the same time, we’ve got a squad and we’ve got to use that squad.”
“If we progress, then fine. If we cannot, it is because we’re not good enough yet to approach three competitions with the confidence that we can win against any team.”
“We are in a normal situation, and the way we have to deal with this situation is key,” “If you have experience, you know that by September 1, everything will change.”
“It will be different when the window shuts because we are expecting players to come. We are trying to move players in, and at the same time we are trying to move players out.”
Those three players would all be good signings for us, but we also need another striker brought in, even if it’s only a loan deal.
We must remedy what was a weakness last season when we found it difficult to convert many of the chances we created.