Newcastle have been linked with a move for Joe Hart currently on loan at West Ham, but we would be very surprised if there is much transfer business done this month between teams fighting relegation.
And with only 5 points separating 9 clubs in the lower half of the league that’s a lot of clubs.
Rafa Benitez has been told to trim the playing staff by Mike Ashley, and Rafa will try to move out players he doesn’t need.
Those include Jack Colback, Henri Saivet, and Aleksandar Mitrovic – but in such a short window that could be difficult.
Rafa Benitez – no transfer funds – you got to be kidding me!
Rafa realizes it could be difficult to do transfer business with some of the Premier League clubs this month, and he had this to say when asked about England goalkeeper Joe Hart:
“No, we are not talking about names.” “But it’s very difficult for a team in their position to do a deal with us.”
Newcastle have still not had any firm bids for Jack Colback and one of the problems with the local lad is he’s on £40K/week.
And while a number of Championship clubs are interested in the central midfielder they are unlikely to be able to afford those wages long term.
Maybe the best Newcastle can do is to get Jack out on loan and at least have some other club pay his wages for the next five months as the loan agreement.
West Brom, now managed by Alan Pardew, are said to be interested in striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, and there are clubs on the continent also credited with an interest in the Serbian striker.
It would be a surprise if Rafa sells Mitro to a relegation candidate.
Newcastle were also linked recently with West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, but the Hammers knocked back our bid.
So it’s looking like a difficult for Newcastle (make that Rafa Benitez) to negotiate but the good news is we have a chance of signing 21-year-old left-sided player Kenedy from Chelsea.
That would be a decent start to this transfer window, and while he’s not the finished article, the young Brazilian has real class.
We are hoping for the best this month that Rafa can still get in four good players – somehow.
Strikers are what we need the most.
It’s a massive test for Rafa this month – but we are hoping he can get the job done in what looks like challenging circumstances for the manager.
Howay The Lads!!