Complete Summer Transfer Business – 6 Players In – 17 Players Out – Only £12M Net Spend

It was a disappointing day for Newcastle fans yesterday as the club failed to bring in any new players, but we moved Achraf Lazaar to Benevento on loan for the season and Tim Krul to Brighton on loan for the season.

But we didn’t even get Kenedy in on loan as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte called off the deal after Chelsea had failed to bring in the players they had wanted for the loan deal to go forward.

Newcastle tried to get a late loan deal for left back Matt Targett from Southampton, but that didn’t go through.

We probably needed a left back and another striker as the high priority players, but we got neither, but we refused a late £18M bid for Dwight Gayle so at least we kept the three striker s we have.

Thank goodness for small mercies.

Rafa Benitez – will be disappointed about yesterday

The old Newcastle guard would probably have sold Dwight and pocketed the £18M and left us with only two strikers.

But of course, to make matters a little worse Aleksandar Mitrovic picked up a three match ban retroactively after his elbowing antics against West Ham.

We don’t know how Rafa Benitez feels about this, but he has to feel let down by Newcastle and by Mike Ashley in particular.

We spent only £12M net all summer, and we’ve changed the table a little bit.

For the loan deals, we are assuming the fees we paid out are canceled out by the loan fees we got in.

Here are all the ins and outs at Newcastle this summer with a gross spend of just less than £35M.

Christian Atsu£6.2MChelsea
Florian Lejeune£8.8MEibar
Jacob Murphy£10MNorwich
Javier Manquillo£4.5MAtletico Madrid
Mikel MerinoLoan - seasonBorussia Dortmund
Joselu£5.0MStoke City
Transfer Fees In£34.5M
Vurnon AnitaReleasedAston Villa
Sammy AmeobiReleasedBolton
Haris VuckicReleasedFC Twente
Lubo SatkaReleasedFC DAC 1904
Florian Thauvin£10.0MMarseille
Kevin Mbabu£1.0MYoung Boys
Matz SelsLoan - seasonAnderlecht
Yoan GouffranReleasedGoztepe
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBolton
Lewis Gibson£1.0M initiallyEverton
Daryl Murphy£2.0MNottingham Forest
Ivan ToneyLoan - seasonWigan Athletic
Emmanuel Riviere£1.0MMetz
Siem de Jong£4.0MAjax
Grant Hanley£3.5MNorwich City
Tim KrulLoan - seasonBrighton
Achraf LazaarLoan - seasonBenevento
Transfer Fees Out£22.5M
Net Spend£12.0M

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Pootle2118

    Sep 1, 2017 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m thinking of putting an early shout in for Rafa bingo but can’t decide on whether it should be a Palace or West Ham line up after the deadline day skull f#@%ing Fatty gave Rafa. I can’t imagine how let down Rafa feels and I wouldn’t blame him if he did jump ship but I’m hoping he stays until at least the end of the January window to see if the Fat one stages a rescue mission, sells up or decides to completely shaft us by relegating us again before selling us!

    I do have one query though, with there being virtually nothing spent net wise, does that mean that the Fat one has taken the money towards repaying the loan? If so, does anyone else think that that would be a definite sign he’s preparing to sell up?

  • Ginger Pirlo

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Not good enough

  • Ginger Pirlo

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Tbh we have a average squad but needed betterb

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #4

    To be fair not getting Kenedy was not down to us.

    OK, that’s it over and done with, obviously something is going on behind the scenes here, I can only see 3 options:-

    1) FCB thinks we have enough experience to survive and, let’s face it, the prices were/are stupid
    2) Rafa has been shit on from a great height and him and all his coaching staff walking out after LC arrived shows they’re all about to leave (however Rafa has never quit, and I don’t think he will now).
    3) FCB is making the club look “better” to an investor by decreasing costs – it’s how he runs SD after all – and is confident of a sale (my preferred option).

    Us fans can’t do anything now except get behind the team, we do have some great players (new and old), we can’t change anything, what will be will be, massive vocal support (as always) and get behind the lads.

    Re Gayle, this just shows how crazy the transfer market is, we had (allegedly) an agreed offer of around £16m for him yet we couldn’t get anyone in even with money “in the bank”. I think that is the MOST worrying point of the transfer window – even with cash we can’t sign anyone. Now if that is the case with Rafa on board – what does that say about the inherent problems at The Club?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s three transfer windows we’ve failed to land a number ten. Although we paid out for Diame who can’t even play there so I suppose Benitez takes part of the blame. Jota went for 6m so i guess he wasnt on our wishlist. Looking at the other problem areas, Mbabu should have been kept. For the sske of 1m he’d have been good cover. Also Gibson should have been kept and promised games. I know he’s young but Everton will find a way to play him and they have better players than us. Why do we NEVER play youths if Spurs and Everton can? I think aside from LD and no.10 we have enough quality for a good manager to have us mid table.

  • Magtoonpie

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Bring back the Ashley out. Although upsetting to not see a striker or left back, I for one see us finishing mid table with the team we have. We lost two out of three but only by 1 goal each loss. One of those team was spurs…You see that the team Rafa has managed to build all want to be at Newcastle and play hard. Once the team gets more comfortable it is when you will start seeing more quality moves as we did at west ham. First two games we looked scared and not ready but I am predicting a 10 maybe 9 spot.

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #7

    @Magtoonpie the “Ashley Out” campaign didn’t work last time, he doesn’t listen anyway and it causes too much negativity. The only way to hit him is in the pocket, don’t shop at SD and don’t buy anything from the club – including cups of tea and pies.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah DubaiMicky – I’m sure that really is going to achieve results. Get real man.
    Looks like we’re all ready to roll over and die ………..again.

  • Magtoonpie

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #9

    You are right Micky, only listens to money so if by Dec we are struggling a boycott of a few matches should get his attention for the January window. Not fair to players and Rafa but don’t see it coming to that.

  • Goommy

    Sep 1, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s not much but quite quality. Hope we can move Jonjo, Mitro and Gayle out for some big cash in next transfer market and get better ones.

  • big bob

    Sep 1, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #11

    What a great idea boycott matches when he already has season ticket money !!
    Nothing will ever change he is looking to finish 17th Every year with minimum investment
    I do believe though transfer fees are ridiculous in this windows below average players 20million
    Evans wba 25-30 mill
    Burke started 4 games last season for Leipzig sold for 15 million gray from burnley 18MIL just unbelievable

  • wynsleap

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #12

    bigbob – totally agree. What happened to the much vaunted Fair Play rules? Afraid of upsetting the Big Boys? Some of these clubs have attendances around the 20k mark and they are spending crazy money.
    Blame it all on Sky and stupid clubs like PSG for spending astronomical amounts on Neymar and MBappe etc. £135m for Coutinho – you’re having a laugh. It will all end in tears for the game.
    When prices go even higher for average players and the annual Sky money won’t begin to get anywhere near what is needed to compete, the whole scenario will come crashing down as Sky won’t be in a position to keep increasing the amount to clubs. They’re already finding it difficult to keep viewers in face of all the competition.
    Clubs will then have a problem with hugely overpaid players on their books that they can’t afford to maintain.
    Perhaps that is Ashley’s ‘sit and wait it out’ plan although I don’t think he has the brains to work that out.

  • goalseeker

    Sep 1, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree the supporters must learn that the Ashley out campaign only sends negativity down to the pitch which is why possibly we play better away from the Park than at home when that goes on. We cannot hit Ashley hard enough in the pocket to influence him he wastes more on the gambling tables than what Newcastle costs to play with. 50,000 letter to his home address may have more influence but cannot see that happening, so what can we do – get behind RAFA and the players in the loudest way possible never allow the opposition fans to make more noise than the Geordies regardless what is happening at any particular time on the pitch we have to show the lads we are totally behind them at all times. Welcome all players do not pick and choose if they come on as subs let them know we are behind them to give them support. Leave our moaning to this page not the Park. Let us hope that Ash has his eye on the back door and is really preparing the club to be sold yelling abuse at him only gives him ammunition to mount a vendetta and he has a louder and more influential voice than we can muster. Not buying at SD has no effect unless every one in the area does the same cannot see that people shop on price not loyalty. So come on get behind RAFA mount flags with his name on not Ashley out, yell his name and yell for the team show Ashley where our loyalty lies that could just wipe the smile off his face for even yelling Ashley and his frog of a MD out gives him publicity and he is a publicity junkie. Look how he treats the shareholders of SD and all his other businesses with total contempt so we are not alone with this guy. Come on United let us be United behind those that really matter to us Rafa and the Team.


    Sep 1, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Is Ashley asset stripping before a possible sale? I wonder!

  • goalseeker

    Sep 1, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #15

    I see that PSG are being investigated under the Fair Price rules time we looked at Huddersfield and Brighton as well as a few others this transfer window with its stupid prices. This bubble is going to blow sometime. Sky cannot go on offering more and more money with their viewing figures falling as more competition comes into the market all offering money to buy into football when they cannot offer more all these clubs who have offered fantastic wages are going to really suffer and in the worst case implode if they have been offering inflated wages based on the sky income they cannot support those wages if sky reduces its sponsorship. It will come. Perhaps Ashley is correct in keeping wages where Newcastle can afford them.


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