The big problem Newcastle have in bringing new players to the club is the current wage bill, and there is now a concentrated effort in getting players out of the club before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday night.
Newcastle still have players like Grant Hanley. Tim Krul, Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, Sadio Haidara, and Henri Saivet to move out of the club as they are surplus to requirements.
It will be difficult for Rafa to add to the wage bill be bringing in other players until some of these players are moved out and time is getting short.
We assume that if we cannot sell Tim he will stay on at Newcastle and compete for the starting goalkeeper position and we will not bring in another goalkeeper this week.
Grant Hanley is in demand by both Norwich and Fulham, and he is expected to move out before Thursday.
Hull are interested in a loan move for Jack Colback, but Newcastle may still have to pay half of his massive £70K/week wages if he does go on loan.
There is also interest in Achraf Lazaar from Italy and Benevento are one of the clubs looking at signing the Moroccan left-back.
As far as players coming in is concerned – Chelsea have agreed to sign Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a cool £40M.
So we assume Kenedy will now be allowed to go on loan to Newcastle for the season and we are still hoping for another striker to come in.
Leeds United are interested in replacing striker Chris Wood who was sold to Burnley for £15M with Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle.
But Rafa wants £18M from Leeds United for his striker and will sell only if he can replace the former Crystal Palace striker.
So while we were talking about getting four players in before Thursday, that’s looking a lot less likely unless we can sell some players quickly this week.