Rafa was trying to bring in another striker in the last few days of the summer transfer window but failed in his pursuit of a player (any player) who could score the goals for us.
A long-term target of Newcastle’s is Danny Ings who is returning from serious knee injuries at Liverpool, and the news was that we tried to sign him on loan in August, but he wanted to stay at Liverpool to fight for his place.
But with Danny not getting many games with the Reds this season (he’s made one appearance so far) and having only played 12 times with 3 goals since signing for Liverpool from Burnley in the summer of 2015 he may want to leave on loan in January and get some first team games elsewhere.
It would be a little bit of a risk for Newcastle to sign Danny since he’s been out a long time without playing many games, but if Rafa is interested in Ings, the manager must be confident he can bring out the best in the former Bournemouth striker.
Liverpool striker Danny Ings – loan signing in January?
Rafa can also judge whether Danny would be a good permanent signing in the summer for us.
But he seems to have the character and personality that Rafa likes since he’s keen to become a better player.
He showed real guts and character in recovering from his serious knee injuries over the last few years and has been praised for that by Red manager Jurgen Klopp.
The 25-year-old would be a cheap loan signing for us in January, in case Mike Ashley is still the owner and very little money will be made available.
Ashley seems intent on wanting the financial records to look very good to any potential buyer of the club.
If Ashley is still the owner in January then Rafa may want to do loan deals and could also bring in 22-year-old Southampton left-back Matt Targett.
We also tried to sign Matt at the end of the summer transfer window on loan.