There hopefully will be some added thrust in the transfer window over the next week after we managed to lose to Championship club Nottingham Forest last night 3-2 after extra time and that’s our first two home games ending in defeats.
We also lost at newly promoted Huddersfield Town last Sunday to make it three losses in three games.
But there are some good signs that Newcastle will be moving players out in the next couple of days with Siem de Jong in talks with Ajax over a return to his former club.
There is also news that Manu Riviere could finally be leaving the club and joining French club Metz, where he’s reported to have negotiated a two-year deal – that was in the local papers, so we have to hope that’s true.
Siem de Jong – close to a move back to Ajax
And Achraf Lazaar played in the second half of last night’s game at St. James’ Park and is wanted by both Genoa and Atalanta in Italy, so we are hoping that Achraf can be on his way too.
This is what a frustrated Rafa Benitez said yesterday after the defeat to Forest about the transfer market:
“We have a couple of players in conversations with different clubs,”
“But officially, today, still nothing.”
“Siem’s one of the players talking with another club. We are waiting.”
“The fans know we’re not happy with three defeats, but we will work hard to change that.”
De Jong has never been a hit at Newcastle since we signed him three years ago from Ajax for £6M, so we hope for his own sake he can get back to Ajax where he can get regular games again and revive his career.
Other players Rafa is trying to move out include Jack Colback, Henri Saivet who played the whole game last night, Grant Hanley, and Sadio Haidara.
So that’s at least seven players we are trying to move out over the last week of the transfer window, and it’s possible we could have a breakthrough this week.
That looks very difficult to achieve, but it’s still possible.
Also, we seem to be close to bringing in David Praet if we are willing to pay out the money for him.