This Birthday Boy Could Be Newcastle’s Best Bet For A Signing Today

There have been reports from Argentina that Rafa Benitez is interested in signing Independiente left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to Newcastle before tonight’s deadline.

Nicolas turns 25 today and his agent Ricardo Schlieper has already confirmed the interest from Newcastle but has said the said the deal is complex.

But Newcastle are expected to lodge a bid to try to complete this deal today – and it may be our best opportunity in the waning hours of the transfer window.

We had been hopeful of getting the classy youngster Kenedy in from Chelsea but news today that Antonio Conte could block that move and keep the Brazilian as part of his first team squad for the season.

25-year-old Independiente left-back Nicolas Tagliafico

That is a blow to Newcastle and to Rafa – who could have improved the player.

The initial news on Tagliafico came from journalist and Argentinian football writer Peter Coates, who claimed that Newcastle were in talks with Independiente on a €4M deal for the once capped Argentine International.

And we can certainly afford that fee, but the question is whether his club wants to sell and whether the players wants to join Newcastle.

Rafa is keen to bring in a specialized left back to push local lad Paul Dummett for the starting position at Newcastle and Paul is out injured with another hamstring injury.

We are just a little doubtful with so little time left that Newcastle can put off this deal.

But we hope we can – it would not be good if we cannot sign at least one new player today.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #1

    With Rafa away yesterday at the elite manager Bar-B-Que you would like to think the deals we are in for are already sorted ?

    I hope…..

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #2

    If this transfer can actually be done, then I would prefer Penfold to focus on this one at the expense of any other. However, I predict nothing will happen today.

  • optimistic prime

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #3

    I predict a riot

  • Average_Contents

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #4

    What was it Rafa said, we need to get rid of some before anymore come in.

    Since then 3 have left (rivi, de Jong, Hanley) so if we bring none in then we know without a doubt that he’s been shafted.

  • Bambams

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #5


    I think he has already been shafted mate.

    The next 15 hours or so will show if he has been totally shafted.

  • Belfast

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Can’t really see much happening to be honest. We might get a loan player if we’re lucky.

  • hibbit

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #7

    well lads right or wrong i’m expecting more

  • kakaobi

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Not just Rafa who’s been shafted the fans yet again like every transfer window have been shafted.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #9


    Expecting more misery? You won’t be disappointed!!!

    14 hours to go.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #10

    I’ve just been reading up on Stockholm syndrome and you carry all the symptoms of the condition, you need to see a doctor.

  • Harley

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #11

    WE NEED A LEFT BACK!!!!!!!!! How many years have we been saying this?! I cannot believe this position hasn’t been strengthened over the years. Every single transfer window we have said the same thing and we are still waiting!!

  • p

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #12

    you’d think the lad would need to be on a plane already from Argentina?

    I see him or Kennedy as the only incoming, maybe one or two that were not on the radar.

    A few will definitely go e.g. Colback

  • Belfast

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Hibbit usually when we’re scrambling about on the last day looking for signings we end up with nobody.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Good to know that we’re in with the right sort of people – ‘technical failure” – does that apple to our transfer policy as well ?

    Online gambling firm 888 is to pay a record penalty of £7.8m after it failed to protect vulnerable customers.
    The Gambling Commission said there were “significant flaws” in the firm’s social responsibility processes.
    The regulator highlighted a technical failure which meant 7,000 customers who had chosen to bar themselves from their 888 accounts were still able to gamble.
    Sarah Harrison, chief executive at the Gambling Commission, said the fine would ensure that “lessons are learnt”.

  • Shoulders knees

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Well worst case senario !
    Mitro appeals ban gets 5 matches
    Gayle signs for Fulham
    We sign no one
    Dead wood doesn’t move
    Joselu pulls hammy
    Shelvey and rafa fall out

    Anything less than this and I will be happy 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #16

    I put last year down to a good one not wanting to come to the Championship, I think Rafa has been sold a pup.

  • King_Solano

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Only recycled rumors. No definitive links. Not looking good I say

  • hibbit

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #19

    i get all the pro’s and cons i know our history under Ashley but i just have a feeling Rafa has it sorted

    i think Rafa will surprise us

  • firebug666

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #20


    The only surprise for me is that Rafa is still here mate. GFF reckon Gayle is staying and Mitro is leaving today, I can’t see any truth in it, but that is what the press do, anything to sell a story.

  • wynsleap

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #21

    Quite frankly the net spend at this club in this window is an absolute disgrace and an insult to United supporters. Let’s not kid ourselves – nobody is coming in today – it will be like all the other windows in the past where the pathetic pleas of “We tried our hardest but we couldn’t get them over the line” will once again be trotted out to football’s most abused and gullible fans after the curtain comes down.
    This owner HAS to go and the supporters have to make it happen in whatever way they can.
    For 10 years now this club has done nothing and will continue to do nothing until the day The Controller decides he doesn’t want all his FREE advertising for his tat empire.
    And can anyone see THAT happening?

  • padthemag

    Aug 31, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #22

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