Rafa Still Pursuing Various Strikers To Bring In On Loan

Sky Sports is reporting that Rafa Benitez is still tracking three strikers – one of which he will hopefully sign on loan this month.

They are Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings from Liverpool and Diafra Sakho of West Ham.

We were interested in Diafro Sakho back in the summer of 2014 before he signed on at West Ham and while he was playing at French club Metz.

Of the three strikers, we would prefer one of the Liverpool strikers and probably Danny Ings if only because he is a lot less injury prone than Daniel Sturridge who is a better striker.

Daniel Sturridge – in action against Newcastle

But Danny wants to stay at Liverpool and fight for his place in the side there – best of luck with that.

And it looks like Leicester City striker Islam Slimani will sign on at Watford for his former boss at Sporting Lisbon – Marco Silva.

We were hoping Newcastle could get two strikers in this month but given where we are now – nobody signed and only 13 days left in the window – we would be happy enough if we can sign a left back, a goalkeeper and a single striker.

Rafa has lined up left-back Pape Souare on loan from Crystal Palace but Rafa would prefer to bring in Kenedy from Chelsea – who can play anywhere on the left-hand side.

But the 21-year-old played for Chelsea in their narrow penalty shootout home win last night against Norwich City in the FA Cup after a late equalizer from the visitors.

Kenedy looked very good and that performance will probably persuade Antonio Conte to keep him at the Blues for the rest of the season.

Maybe we can get him on loan next season?

But we’d also be happy enough with Souare who seems a good technical player who needs playing time.

And maybe Newcastle can bring in a central midfielder too – say Tom Cairney of Fulham who is available and rated highly by Rafa.

But our biggest need in this transfer window is for a striker and probably two.

If we had a good striker in the team we would be winning home games like against Swansea rather easily.

We should have been two or three up at halftime in that game.

Comments welcome.

334 comments so far

  • ToonRich

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #1

    How many of you think Mash would pass the FA’s fit for ownership tests if he was to take one now?

    Just because he has money doesnt make him fit to own, that he has already proven…So why cant the FA step in and force him to sell?

    Ok, it may not be that straight forward, there must be something somewhere that we as fans can lodge complaints to! He is not fit for purpose, any other industry he’d be under investigation and probably thrown out!!

    Inhenacho and Musa would still be worth a look IMO…wish Ashley would just say F-it and really splash out on someone that can score goals! But I dont think that would even help us right now 🙁

  • chicousa

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Liar is way too strong a word. But all managers put their “spin” on things!

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Sakho is injured is he not,Sturridge wanted by Villareal,and Ings wants to stay at scouse land.Sakho is more in line with our wage structure.I wonder if Inheancho is available on loan.
    If we can get Dubravka,a no 10,,and one of those strikers things might start to look up

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope Rafa has a huge list of strikers he’s targeted as I fear at this stage anything can happen and I highly doubt we will be outbidding the club and duck for players under Ashley.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    To keep us up I’d take

    Any two of Sturridge, ings, slimani, musa, sakho, iheanacho, Carroll, gabbiadini…
    Swap Gayle for cairney
    Top defensive midfielder
    Top Keeper

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #6

    I have a sneaky feeling that despite the
    alleged 22 loan enquiries for Mitro he
    may yet have a renaissance at NUFC.
    I’m not holding my breath but it would
    be like a new signing

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    I see the under 23s won 4-0 with Pedro on gardening leave.:)

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Jib he at least deserves to play in the cup.I know he’s no world beater but to me is a real handful,better than joselu

  • chicousa

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope your feeling is correct. Would love to see Mitro be given a run of games if Rafa decides his back is OK and that he has spent enough time in the dog house! 🙂

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #10


    Carroll just picked another injury and if he was to go anywhere it be to Chelski.

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Mitrovic should be sold. At this point I don’t see how he and Rafa could work together. Use the money to bring in somebody. I’d go for Slimani, Ings or Sturridge but can’t see any of those happening so hopefully there are some unnamed targets Rafa can get in the door. Hold ont Gayle until we know a deal for a striker is in fact in place.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Ha ha, I just knew it was a matter of time before mad captn catchy blamed Rafa for the takeover or lack of it. If it wasn’t for the fact he’s a right wing extremist and ginger lover I’d think he was on the wind up but no, the lunatic is deadly serious.
    Rob 1971,
    He didn’t not just let criticism of McLaren go, he positively endorsed him and defended every 5 or 6-1 defeat. He was actually glowing in praise of the hapless buffoon.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #13


    Could it be an omen

    Last Friday
    Manchester City U18s 2 Newcastle U18s 5

    City side unbeaten at home in the league since May 2015

    Basement side Newcastle was without a league win all season and had failed to beat the hosts in their last ten attempts.

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #14

    Hey Jail Mc Laren was a leader.”Right lads let’s go for a walk” and he led himself on it, as players couldn’t understand his Dutch accent 🙂

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Carroll told west ham he could not train because of an ankle injury
    West Ham insisted he had his ankle scanned and it showed no problem !!!
    could that be Andy ensuring another big payday with Chelsea ????

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Charlie in the Gallowgate fingers crossed.They don’t seem to be missing Pedro either

  • Bianconeri

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17
  • c-dog

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Good sport DubaiMicky (not ITK), good sport

  • willowdalerez

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19


    Couldn’t fault Carroll if he did that (fake an injury to get a payday at Chelski), he’s coming up on his best before date and the big clubs (not ours but the others) have cash to spend why not go for it. He knows how things work and he probably has a smart agent.

  • jane

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Premier League table with teams spaced by the points they have shows how close it is at the bottom


  • jane

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #21

    “How many of you think Mash would pass the FA’s fit for ownership tests if he was to take one now?

    Just because he has money doesnt make him fit to own, that he has already proven…So why cant the FA step in and force him to sell?”

    which part of the fit and proper person’s test would he fail?

    “Disqualifying events
    The Premier League has tighter restrictions than the rest of the Football League and Football Conference. In general, a businessman will fail the test if:

    They have power or influence over another Football League club
    They hold a significant interest in another Football League club
    They become prohibited by law from being a director
    They are filing for bankruptcy
    They have been director of a club while it has suffered two or more unconnected events of insolvency
    They have been a director of two or more clubs of which, while they have been director, has suffered an event of insolvency”


  • beautifulmind

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Reading between the lines it seems there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes with regards transfers. Rafa never advertises who he is after . I’m confident we will have players in by the end of January. Maybe MA announcement was to stop clubs thinking we were awash with money

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #24

    jane @20
    We know.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d give Mitro the first 60 minutes at City, he may not be fast but can control the ball when played up to him and be useful in the box. If he does alright it would increase his opportunities both at the club and on the transfer market. A not so good run out can be put down to lack of match fitness. Aarons & Murphy were on a hiding to nothing in the home fixture and whilst Joselu was the right shaped peg he does not have any lacquer.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #26

    If arsenal sign augbeyamang however you spell it I wonder if we could pull off a miracle and get Giroud. That cpuld be our one cash signing. Loan a Keeper, defensive midfielder, swap Gayle for Cairney and loan another striker. We need someone to convert our few chances if we are to stay up.

  • jane

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #27

    these teams still haven’t signed anyone yet
    West Ham
    Crystal Palace
    Brighton (1 under 23 player)

  • jane

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Stoke sign a defender on loan so they have signed 2 players now.


  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #29

    I think I’m in a minority
    I don’t rate Giroud
    I think he’s a bit of a donkey

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #30

    With even more spending going on at Everton would the likes of Sandro Ramírez (cf) and/or Davy Klaassen (am) be available on loan?

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Mark Douglas
    Mike Ashley is entitled to ask for whatever he wants and to all intents and purposes, what he wants is the market value. But he’s not had much interest at the £300million mark – which reflects not the fact that Amanda Staveley has scared off other interest (how many billionaires ready to invest would seriously be bothered if they felt they could do a deal?) but instead the idea that there is significant investment to be carried out after Ashley departs.

    The training ground, Academy, the club’s infrastructure and the playing staff all need beefing up – that could cost another eight figure sum.

    Put it in context: £300million would make it the second biggest takeover in British football history, behind only Manchester United. It might not sound like much for a club of Newcastle’s potential but it is a very big asking price. Ashley won’t get a lot of bites at that valuation – which is why Staveley’s presence and willingness to actually make an offer (according to her people) was so interesting.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve spoken to other groups who say there is interest out there and there will be bids at Ashley’s asking price in the coming weeks. But I treat everything takeover-wise with caution these days.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon sold out at Shity still seats left all over the rest of the ground

  • posada

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #33

    lindis at 30.
    Sam wouldn’t give Ashley the steam off his poop.
    Or may be it would not be up to him.

  • posada

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #34

    What’s happened to Young Mag.
    Has he been booted off the blog again.

  • ToonRich

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #35

    jane @21,

    Surely he would be found guilty of; not being a fit and proper person due to a lack of funding?

    He refuses window after window to provide sufficiently for survival never mind progression.

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #36

    see Sky are at it again…
    now saying Carroll has an ankle injury and is out for a month puting his move to Chelsea in doubt !!!

  • posada

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #37

    That’s a thought. 300 million would make it the biggest take over ever in football apart from Man u.
    Assuming that’s right, I’ve not checked, it raises a couple of things.

    Man City went for 220 was it. TV money through the roof since then. Transfers and wages also through the roof. There will be no buyer unless they have mega bucks and don’t care about the normal rules of business and finance.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Even people with more money than sense won’t pay over the odds. He asked the Mansours for 480M.

  • Mag :P

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #39


    I’m right here, just taking some time off keeping my mother company.

    Is that okay?

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 18, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Forget about decent signings lads. Our idea of a “big” signing in recent years is Mitro. And what has happened to him? He’s nowhere with us. Fourteen goals in 65 appearances. Nasty attitude, yes. Red cards, yes. How much was he? About 13M I think? Ooooh big, big signing. Not. We’re light years behind and Ashley thinks 13M is a big deal. The man is a billionaire, repeat billionaire with a Prem club (for now anyway) and he thinks 13M is a Wow signing. Pinhead.

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