It’s obvious that Rafa Benitez knows we need another striker brought in over the next five days to add some firepower up front.
And today we have been linked with a number of striker targets.
Inter-Milan striker Stevan Jovetic, the former Manchester City striker, is probably Rafa’s top choice but there seems little chance of getting him to Newcastle since the player himself fancies a move to Spain.
And we have been linked with 30-year-old Loic Remy from Chelsea, but if we sign Kenedy on loan, that means we cannot have another Chelsea player on loan at Newcastle.
Shane Long of Southampton
Remy couldn’t, therefore, come in on loan and therefore the only option we would have is to buy him on a permanent basis; we’re not sure Rafa thinks that would be a good deal.
We have again been linked with Leicester City striker Islam Slimani who we were linked with earlier this summer, but in no way can we afford near the £29M he cost the Foxes when he came in last summer from Sporting Lisbon.
And we have even been linked with Southampton forward Shane Long who we have been interested in signing for some years now, and he is now finding it difficult to get playing time down on the south coast.
A loan deal or permanent buy would seem to be open to Newcastle, but maybe the Saints would want a sizable fee for the 30-year-old?
It’s hoped that Newcastle can bring four players in and move about six players out in the next five days, but that looks to be extremely difficult.
What is certain is that Newcastle will be busy right up the last day of the transfer window next Thursday to fortify our fairly ordinary-looking squad.
Here’s what Rafa has said about the transfers as reported in the Chronicle:
“I expect to be quite busy we’re working to find solution to some players,” “I don’t know if offloading players will free up funds.”
“We’re reducing the number of players we have and continue to look for other options in the market.”
“Four or five times a day, I speak to Lee. I know what he is doing. We will try and get some time to do the business. We are working very hard behind the scenes.”
“Riviere has gone, we wish him all the best, he was fine with us. De Jong is talking with Ajax. That means we are working, we are trying to do what we have to do.”
“We don’t have too much time but we’re trying to move players out, and we have to do that to bring players in.”