Having missed out quite a few targets already this month Rafa Benitez is now working on a deal to bring Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare to the club.
It would be a loan deal through the end of the season with an option to buy in the summer.
Those are likely to be the only deals Rafa can get done this month with Mike Ashley restricting the money the manager can spend.
There are various reports today that the deal is close to being completed and it’s worrying because the left-back has been unable to get into the Crystal Palace side.
But Rafa could see something in the player and when we have watched him he’s a technically good player.
Pape Souare – Crystal Palace left-back
Souare has 22 caps for Senegal and made his International debut in February 2012, in a goalless draw against South Africa.
Souare is keen to get regular playing time so he has a chance to make the Senegal squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Rafa has long wanted a left-back to challenge Paul Dummett for the left-back position and one of Rafa’s priorities is to have competition at every single position in the Newcastle side.
And it would give Newcastle some momentum if we can get one of the four players in that Rafa wants in January.
The manager also wants a goalkeeper and maybe two strikers brought in this month.
It doesn’t look like we will get Kenedy from Chelsea with manager Antonio Conte needing to bring in a replacement before he will let Kenedy leave – and that’s looking very doubtful.
And the not Souare signing would affect the potential Kenedy signing – if he did become available – with Rafa able to play Kenedy in an attacking role on the left of midfield.
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