Rafa Benitez Has Revealed His Goal For January Transfer Window

Rafa Benitez has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he has again said the goal of this season is to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

So the players he wants to bring in during the January transfer window will be for that sole purpose.

And the manager says the goal is not to bring in a player who could be at Newcastle for the next 10 years.

Presumably, if we survive this season that will happen in the summer – hopefully.

It seems Rafa needs some experienced Premier League players in certain positions – if he can get them – and Rafa will look at loan deals to achieve this.

Rafa Benitez – wants players to help us survive in Premier League

There is news today from the Times that Mike Ashley has been given two weeks to accept or reject Amanda Staveley’s offer to buy the club – said to be a one-off payment of £250M.

More on that later.

This is what Rafa has said today:

“We have to analyze every possibility because at the moment we don’t know what is going on.”

“We have to consider every option and see it’s for us or not.”

“The priority is to stay in the Premier League – not find the next best player for the next 10 years.”

“We must make sure we have what we need to compete.”

“We need to have the experience, physicality and quality to improve the team.”

“We have had some conversations but we still don’t where we are.”

“There’s still one month, plus one more before the January window closes, so we will see.”

We could know more very soon once the take it or leave it offer of £250M (one-time payment) from Amanda Staveley gets an official response from owner Mike Ashley.

But the odds are that Mike Ashley could still be the owner come January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    On another note, Amanda looks a bit partial to a cock or two, a bit geordie sausage will up her bid, gadgie sauce al ower

  • expatmag

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Geez tudor…….totally inappopriate.
    Cut out that sort of rubbish and show some respect.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I can easy see someone buying the club even in the Championship for £150 -£200 million – the club has got everything going for it –
    Ground, position of Ground in the City, 1 club in the City, No other decent club near, manager, facilities, transport links and the most important a LOYAL FAN BASE to be a very good/successful Premiership Club.

    Only thing lacking at the minute is the foresight from the fat controller

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    It’ll be interesting to see what predictions ppl have made. I believe I went with 15th this season but also remember getting into alot of disagreements pre season with fellow fans on here as i was apparently being negative, now we a dropping and those who were arguing with me now say the squad is really bad yet I’m sure they predicted 12th to 10th.

    Guess the question is if at the halfway mark we are below people’s predictions is the squad underperforming or is rafa underperforming?

  • expatmag

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5


    There appears only one interested party whilst in the EPL and the price they appear to be offering isnt really all that more.

    Be interested to know if Shirebrooke has any further news this morning

  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry just realised the time, same coment applies in a hour

  • Our Toon

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    If PCP are serious about buying the club then they need to step up the negotiating, the uncertainty isn’t doing anyone any favours and is a distraction we could do without. At present it’s hurting us that this deal can’t be negotiated.

    Either offer the money the fat fool wants or walk away!!

  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Dopey Aussies screwed up their reviews
    Ha ha ha

  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    in the dogs house for having a late one but it’s my day off, wor lass is making a point by hoovering at this hour and blastin the radio, what time does the garter open

  • expatmag

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Errrr….JIB……I dont know whether you realise it but the so called “dopey Aussies” are currently leading the series 1-0

  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Pcp have done their due diligence, they’ll know how much Ashley has siphoned out the club on the sly.

    Say for arguments sake with ads club shop refreshments etc it’s a £100m over the 10 years then I see they’re bid as fair. (I believe it’ll be more)

    Then the tax man hovering possible religation is the club really worth over £250m, I doubt it.

    I love all the Ashley is a great business man he won’t be bullied or have a number pulled on him, this is the same Ashley that didn’t do due diligence and missed a loan for the ground that every man and his dog knew about. Parasite is more fitting than great business man.

    Personally I think he knew about the loan and used it as a excuse to screw the club out of tens of millions in revenue for advertising, that’s the situation and pcp know it.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12


    If you know the secret knock 6am!

  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Can’t see rafa walking as he would have to pay 5M to release himself, that’s not small beer, even to him.

    I think if Rafa let it be known he wanted to go
    there would be clubs prepared to pay his release fee.

    Remember Moyes only has a contract until June
    at Wet Spam.

    Wenger will be gone this Summer

    Now Rafa’s shown he can get clubs out of the Championship
    there are plenty of big clubs in the 2nd tier closer to his
    home in Merseyside than Newcastle.

  • Jib

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda even

  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Cheers panda it looks like it’s on the cards my heads pounding and she’s blastin my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard not a great start to the morning

  • Optimistic Panda

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16

    This rubbish about Ashley putting his hand in his pocket to help nufc is baloney, he’s never put his hand in his own pocket.

    Its always been the clubs money he stashed. He can’t compete? He never tried!

    He’s ran the club on a shoestring for Free ads and now wants to sell because he can’t sustain a Premier league club on peanuts whilst stealing revenue streams!

    Ashley out!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #17


    kids might come on here man. have a word with yourself

  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Good news, wor lass just loudly updated me she’s taking the bairn to the metrocentre, cushty, cure my hangover in peace, whoooo

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #19


    fair point of course, but it would have to be something like that rather than rafa paying his own way out

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #20

    “The priority is to stay in the Premier League – not find the next best player for the next 10 years.”

    Another sly dig at Ashley.

    Well played Rafa

  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 5, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Rotoanda or how ever u spell it I never said any thing out of the ordinary get a grip freedom of speech nd all that.

    Bet your a barrel of laughs

  • toontaff2

    Dec 5, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #22

    Tudor’s Crisps – a Beehive hoose treble 💡

  • TudorCrisps

    Dec 5, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Toontaff a fiver will get u pissed as a fart in the beehive haha, u going down al see u there first round on u aye

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 5, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    When making the offer to buy the club, they need to factor in the investment needed in players! Anything between 200 and 500 milliion pounds. £250 million is a fair offer for what is basically a Championship club in terms of playing squad.
    If Ashley doesn’t sell then he’s got to spend at least £100 million so that’s the TV money gone for no return.
    Come on Ashley! SELL !


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