It’s Shaping Up To Be A Hectic End Of The Transfer Window For Magpies


Rafa Benitez in his press conference today, said he has to reduce the number of players on Newcastle’s books by moving players out.

But Newcastle will continue to look at bringing new players in over the next six days, and it does look like it’s going to be a hectic six days in the transfer window for the club.

Emmanuel Riviere has moved to Metz, and Siem de Jong is said to be very close to moving to his former club Ajax.

Rafa also stated that he does not want to move Aleksandar Mitrovic out of the club because we are so short of strikers at the moment.

This is some of what Rafa said during today’s press conference:

“Obviously at the end of the transfer window everything is important so, every day, if you can do business it makes a difference for the future.”

“A lot of the time we are trying to do our job behind the scenes and at the same time try to concentrate on football.”

“Obviously, if you move players out or players in, it will be a big difference.” “We are working to try and move players in too.”

“We have too many players. We have to keep moving players but at the same time we have to try and bring players that can give us something different.”

“We don’t have too many strikers and we don’t want to lose any at the moment.”

“I have the confidence that the team will improve.”

“We have to move forward quickly. Getting three points in the next league game is our objective, our target.”

Newcastle are even said to be interested in signing Loic Remy from Chelsea and Loic was on loan to us from QPR in the 2013/2014 season, and he did very well scoring 14 goals in 27 games.

However, Loic was on loan at Crystal Palace last season, but he didn’t do very well there and appeared in only five Premier League games and three Cup games.

But if he does arrive at Newcastle then Rafa Benitez can possibly (probably) get the best out of a striker who is still only 30 years-old and wants to rekindle his career.

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Note: after an adventure of treating Newcastle and Newcastle United as a singular noun I am going back to having it be plural – it just doesn’t sound right to have Newcastle be singular – where Newcastle was doing this and doing that etc.



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205 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1

    This is an important one. We don’t want to go 3 straight losses obviously to start the season but also Hudders is at home to Southampton. Another win for them and a loss for us means a 9 point gap with a promoted side. And it would be good to keep West Ham down at the bottom and heap more pressure on them instead of us.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa did alow himself a little smile during his press conference.

    There’s going to be a bit of activitie, I’m not sure how much it will improve us? remains to be seen. Personally we’ve spent 30+ mill and just got in mainly potential. Poor transfer window so far, it can only get better i suppose.

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  • WLtoon

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Same scenario at the end of the transfer window. Same old shite, different manager.Even Huddersfield and Bournemouth are more ambitious than us, its pathetic.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Net spend is 23 M toonkk mate. Not nearly enough in this league. Bad news for us and bad news for Ashley down the road. But then he’s the world’s only billionaire pauper isn’t he?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #5

    If we more than double the net spend we might be able to relax a bit. Without that kind of spending we really are hanging over the cliff.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #6

    The regime of sell on for potential profit is obviously still a priority for most of our signings, one of the things Rafa is pd off about maybe. We’ve hardly improved our squad since last season, millions wasted imo. This window should have been about quality not quantity.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #7

    I have suggested before that we won the majority of our Championship matches by bullying the opposition, effective but not very technical. When we were faced with teams that were highly organised defensively, or had a good playmaker we struggled dramatically. Added to which we played without a specialist #10 in a formation that is dedicated to that position and hence we were reliant on Shelvey playing the ball forward and then picking it up again higher up the pitch.

    Now we are in the Premiership the same problems still exist and we are told, largely due to the burden of an enlarged and underperforming squad that does not have the ability to play at the level required. Having peruaded a large proportion of the deadwood players to go out on loan, they are still proving difficult to shift due to their lack of appeal in an otherwise inflated market place. Therefore Rafa is struggling to upgrade and re-energise his squad with the talent he desires.

    Presumably, as of next Friday he will be fully engaged with creating a functioning, highly efficient footballing team that will outperform a sufficient number of our rivals. At the moment the situation is difficult to have confidence in, other than the unwavering support that Toon fans have for their club.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #8

    # players to go out on loan…..last season

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  • masterp1983

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Remy is a no brainer. Make it happen. Not bothered about Kennedy anyways. Can we not get Gibbs?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #10

    Wow, that sounds like a Newcastle United press release Lindisfarne mate. Except for the parts about us struggling against sides with any defensive organization or a decent playmaker. When you put it that way (and the fact nobody really wants our dead wood, sometimes even for free) I’m filled with confidence again! Huzzah!!!

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  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m not sure why some don’t want Remy? He’s a damn site better than the majority of our players, at least he’s premier league quality.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #12

    Remy and jovetic will be a brilliant end to the window. Not too bothered about Kennedy. I don’t think he’s coming anyway.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    The Remy deal will collapse because he is probably still on 80 or 90K a week. And wor owner is now poverty stricken. I saw him out begging for bottles of champagne from passers by. Tragic situation….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #14

    You’re right of course that Remy would be a considerable improvement lads. And how sad that is….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Please sir, have you got a bottle of champers on you?

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  • Reilly

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Rumours doing the rounds that Praet is on his way for a medical.
    probs bs like.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Just one bottle sir please? I haven’t had anything to drink for several minutes now……

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  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #18

    If we don’t have a f…ing good end to this window we will be relegated, simple as!

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #19

    It is either a press release or shoring up whats left of my positivity

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Ah…. I see. Well excellent work then Lindisfarne. I’m busy shoring my positivity up with some of the dead wood. It’s going to be a shaky structure by the look of it……

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  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #21
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #22

    Yes! We are going to have a good end of window! We’re going to get somebody really, really……. are you ready for it? Modestly priced….

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  • john tudor

    Aug 25, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #23

    We could have any decent manager in place but the result will be the same working within Ashley’s constraints

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  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #24
  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Player sale! Get your red hot Colbacks here! Buy a Colback and get a Hanley for free! Two for the price of one. Right then, get in line you lot. What am I offered?

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  • Toonces

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #26

    WL on previous – well we did start poorly our last season in the prem with McLaren. He was given 6 games…then 10… Then 20+… Pardew had his welsh record of L’s. So which is it? Are we calling for heads because it would be so if it was a different manager than rafa? Or are we patient with the team but tired of the same old ashley regime?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Best off making a fire out of dead wood, produce some heart warming heat and maybe make a brew if you have the tackle. Unlike those to which we refer.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #28

    I’m impatient for improvement Toonces. We’ve waited patiently through the window so far and look what it’s gotten us. We’ve sold Rivi for nothing and gotten a castaway striker from Stoke named Hoser Loo! It’s verrrrry disappointing!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m going to love it when Hoser Loo scores his first for us. I’m just hoping it’s not in the 38th match of the season…..

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #30

    hope it makes them feel at least a little bit uncomfortable that the likes of colback, hanley etc are preventing new arrivals. probably not though.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #31

    No, they’re feeling fine Rotunda mate. Cashing those weekly paycheques can really perk you up!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Sorry Rotonda. My spelling is atrocious.

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  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Watching the news pictures from Texas
    puts me in mind of Glen Campbell’s song

    “Galveston, oh, Galveston,
    I still hear your seawinds blowing”

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Compared with West Ham we’re doing well though. Look at that goal difference. Tsk tsk…..

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  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Galveston, oh, Galveston,
    I still hear your seawaves crashin

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Rafastoon oh Rafastoon
    I can see the transfers coming

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Listening to Talksport today gave me a chuckle

    An American supporter wanted his team to be pole bearers at his funeral so that they could let him down one more time – classic and considering our long history without ….

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  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #38

    The other song I’m minded of applies to the transfer window after this weekend.
    The Bangles.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #39

    I have to question some of Rafa’s signings, probably it’s getting someone to play within Cashleys wage cap. How much has our squad improved from last season?
    I’m not sure it has.
    Defoe kept Sunderland up for a few seasons, a top striker would do the same for us and build around him next.

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  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Aug 25, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #40

    How about FAtAshes fav

    I Promised you a miracle – Simple Minds – both bits seem apt

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