We should be looking at Rafa bringing in players who we haven’t been linked with, in these final two days of the window, if we can indeed add some talent to the Newcastle squad.
And news in the Chronicle today that Jordy Clasie of Southampton has been told by new manager Mauricio Pellegrino that he can leave the club in the next two days.
Rafa Benitez and Mauricio are good friends, so maybe Rafa could even bring in the 15 times capped Dutch International.
But Clasie usually plays in defensive midfield, and we seem to be well equipped with Isaac Hayden and Mikel Merino able to play competently in that position.
It’s certainly not a priority at the moment, with left-back and striker probably the two positions that Rafa would like to strengthen before tomorrow night.
Jordy Clasie – potential Newcastle transfer target?
The Saints paid £8M for the midfielder when his former boss at Feyenoord, Ronald Koeman, brought him into the club on a five-year deal two years ago.
We were apparently watching Clasie while he was still at Feyenoord, but that was before Rafa Benitez came to Newcastle.
The Southampton Daily Echo are reporting that both Newcastle and Crystal Palace could be interested in signing the 26-year-old.
But Rafa will not panic and bring in players we don’t need or who will not add quality to our squad, so we’d be surprised if Rafa even bids for this player.
So it really (as usual) depends on whether Rafa rates Clasie.
What do you think?