Rafa Planning To Buy Creative Midfielder In January – Here’s A Top Target

We had mentioned yesterday that Newcastle would need to bring in another striker in the January transfer window since it’s getting obvious in the first few games that we don’t have enough players who can put the ball in the back of the net.

And with both Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara being out injured and both tending to pick up a lot of injuries in their careers we also need a specialist left back brought in.

We mentioned Matt Targett of Southampton could be a good loan target in January and Rafa could then judge over half a season whether he should buy him in the summer.

So we were aware of those two positions that need strengthening, but the Chronicle are reporting today Rafa also wants a creative central midfielder brought in.

We were after such a player in the summer, but to an extent, Mikel Merino can fill that void, but it seems Rafa wants another central midfielder brought in.

In the summer Rafa wanted Dennis Praet from Sampdoria, and there was even news a deal had been agreed.

But the Italian club wouldn’t sell because they couldn’t replace the player in the time available.

We should remember Praet was a boy wonder in Belgium just a few years ago and Rafa obviously sees the potential in the 23-year-old.

Dennis Praet – Sampdoria midfielder

Everton were also credited with an interest in the creative midfielder.

In late August Italian journalist, Alfredo Pedulla reported that Newcastle were willing to pay Sampdoria €20M (17.6M) for their midfielder.

That’s twice the €10M Sampdoria paid for the player in the summer of last year when they brought him from Anderlecht.

And Praet prefers a move to Newcastle over Everton because he wants to play for Rafa Benitez.

We reported this on August 30th:

Newcastle could well follow this up in January if no deal can be completed in the next couple of days, and it would give Sampdoria time to get a replacement through the door in January.

That’s still true today if Sampdoria can get a replacement in otherwise Dennis could be a big target for us this summer.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1


    Just spotted your i phone joke. Well played 😀

  • Markaccus

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Would this guy be the answer to our need for a no.10?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    He was planning on buying all kinds in the summer so let’s treat all these transfer rumours with a pinch of salt.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Aye, it’s not Rafa’s planning that we need to be worried about.

    Plus, it’s only September, can we give ourselves a bit of a transfer break, that is unless a player or our own club come out and say that player X is joining in January.

  • geordieviking

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    he summer window was just stupid. Of the 200 approx targets we were associated with, I doubt if more than 20 were true, and those more by luck than judgement.

  • hibbit

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    these are not even currant rumors, this is Ed regurgitating old news

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Nobody posted for an hour, something had to be done. When’s Rafas presser.

  • hibbit

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #8

    odd comment from Garry Monk this morning

    ‘Fulham will provide a barometer of our progress – they were the best team in the Championship last season’ odd that !!!!

  • hibbit

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #9

    i’m trying to held jail honest !!

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 22, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Hibbit…Maybe he means of the remaining teams, i.e. the ones who weren’t promoted?

    If not, it isn’t just odd, but wrong 🙂

  • Toonces

    Sep 22, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #11

    The idea of playing an official PL home match overseas certainly could be a good money and a chance to build the brand but from a competitive on the pitch point of view, you will lose the advantage of being at home. Say you play a game in New York City. How many Newcastle fans will travel abroad and then how many existing fans are there in the NYC market? Of course, the other team will have their supporters as well who may travel. We know the Toon Army travels quite well but enough to fill a 70K seat stadium? Not so sure. So most of the fans in the stadium will not be ardent supporters of either club and the game will end up being played on a neutral ground and that can create the potential for points dropped.

  • geordiesteve520

    Sep 22, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    What’s the obsession with a ‘number 10’? The formation that we play does not require one; we have two very talented passers of the ball who can link up play really well. I think that we need to play to our strengths and a smaller, second forward who can play on the shoulder of Joselu/Mitro would be much more beneficial for us that a number 10, much like the partnership of Keegan/Toshack, whilst I don’t want to revert back to a traditional 442, I don’t think a number 10 is essential. That, in my opinion, is what robbed us of the best of Sissoko; someone (P45due) filled his head with vitriole and he became his own worst enemy; I saw him as the next Patrick Vieria not, the next Zidane. I’d rather play with Hayden holding, Merino and Shelvey dictating tempo and arriving in the box late, allowing Atsu/Ritchie/Murphy/Aarons et al to play higher up and get around our forward, at least until January comes and we can sign Aguero to play off our big man 😉


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