Press Association Sport are reporting that the Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been given the OK to sign up to three players in this January transfer window.
The go-ahead has been given by current owner Mike Ashley who seems to have come to his senses and realized (and been persuaded by Rafa) that new players are needed if Newcastle are to remain a premier league club for next season.
Rafa has argued for a while that he needs reinforcements if Newcastle are to survive and PA reports Ashley has finally agreed with that argument.
Well – that was easy!
Mike Ashley – sanctions the signing of 3 new players
Not so sure why it took two weeks into this transfer window for Mike to sanction this?
However, PA Sport report the funds available to Rafa will be limited – but hopefully enough to buy three good players?
Benitez can also boost his transfer funds by selling current members of the squad, with Jack Colback, Henri Saivet, Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Dwight Gayle all possibly available to leave Newcastle this month.
But it’s tricky because Rafa will not sell unless he has a replacement lined up.
So for example – if Newcastle are able to sell Dwight Gayle to Fulham for around £15M Rafa must have another striker coming in before that deal can be completed.
There has also been some doubt cast on the news in both the Star and the Express today that Amanda Staveley has made a new offer more than £300M for Newcastle.
But the most critical thing in the next two weeks is for Rafa to get good players through the door but we have no idea of the level of funds Mike Ashley has given to Rafa (and Lee Charnley) to spend.
Newcastle are said to be close to signing 27-year-old left-back Pape Souare from Crystal Palace, and it seems like Fulham – as we mentioned – could be willing to pay £15M for Dwight Gayle.
There are just 16 days left before the window closes so we hope we can get in three or four good players by the beginning of next month.
That would definitely lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.
Then we need the takeover to complete before the end of this season – so Rafa will stay at the club.
Howay the Lads!!