Report – Zero Transfer Funds For Rafa – Swap Deal Could Be Dangerous For Newcastle

There’s a report in the Northern Echo that Rafa Benitez is asking for real money from Mike Ashley so he can get some players into the club this month.

That’s a novel idea.

Also, Rafa seems to have asked Managing Director Lee Charley to try to do a loan deal – with a swap for Fulham midfielder James Cairney.

Dwight Gayle would go the other way on loan – with an option to buy in the summer for both clubs.

West Brom are interested in signing Cairney for around £15M, but Fulham are also desperate to sign Gayle who has shown he can score lots of goals in the Championship.

That could help Fulham this season and potentially next season if they took up the option to buy the Newcastle striker in the summer.

Ashley has said Rafa can bring three players in this month, but they are only on loan, with Rafa having zero transfer funds this month to spend – according to the Northern Echo.

James Cairney – Fulham central midfielder

This is another ridiculous situation created by the incompetent Newcastle owner.

Benitez could also raise transfer funds by selling both Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey, but we really need both of them for the rest of the season if we are to survive relegation.

West Ham are interested in Shelvey, but that would only benefit the Hammers who are also fighting relegation.

But why would we let a striker leave for a central midfielder coming in – when the big problem at Newcastle is we need (more) strikers who can score goals.

Newcastle need to bring in at least one new striker to add to what we already have in place if we are to score goals and have any chance of avoiding a third relegation under Mike Ashley.

And to think we thought everything was going to be great in early May of last year.

Wrong again.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1

    If this is accurate Rafa will walk and we can’t blame him

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    come off it posada the world and its grannie were running with the arab connection and you think by out of the blue aluminium link was a lucky guess
    only jesper took it it on board

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Nov 8, 2017 at 10:13 AM
    Comment #5
    aluminium /metals mean anything to you ???

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4
  • Hodge

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Talk of demonstrations and boycotts already. Whenever that praying mantis Kieron / Ruddy shows up you just know he’s on a recruiting sergeant mission. Seen it all before and it always ends in tears.

    They historically over the Ashley era have rabble roused but lacked organisation. In short they couldn’t run a bath. All it’s done is take attention and support away from the team. Less support on the field at SJP with a hostile environment. This has contributed towards relegation in my opinion because the media highlight the divisions within the fan base.
    I wonder whether the likes of Ancient with his marxist leanings and mr Tuff who is not viewed as a typical toon fan have been paving the way for change both on here and within the club.
    We all want Ashley out but not to the detriment of the team. Those with the sort of agenda mentioned should be wary. This blog was turned into a basket case so be careful what you wish for. I am with Bobby and shall be watching the toon at SJP.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Zero transfer funds for Rafa, that’s about as limited as funds get.

    Ashley must be Keeping the funds for a championship challenge next year, foward thinking at last.

  • Hodge

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa has always said that he would remain if the takeover didn’t happen.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    It should be noted that the Reuben brothers who made the initial offer to buy NUFC have made their wealth in property.

    The business model of selling football clubs grounds and stadiums for redevelopment is a now well rehearsed practice. Locally Sunderland and Boro, further afield Tottenham, Arsenal, City and soon to be Everton have all been asset stripped of their heritage to allow local councils to move in and redevelop those sites. In return the clubs get a shiny new stadium often on former waste land and preferably in redevelopment zones that are linked to new retail parks and housing estates where the winners are and you guessed it property developers.

    It’s long been known than Newcastle City Council have ambitions to continue to expand the Science Park and University facilities in the SJP area into a mega business campus. And guess what Newcastle is one of the UK cities that benefits most financially from the huge influx of overseas students often Chinese into the area. The building of new student accommodation to support that growing trend is the new golden ticket for developers and councils alike.

    It’s the Kings Clothes scenario – not seeing what’s in front of your eyes.

  • ashleysmate

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    I see that poison dwarf, Wise has been stating no one really knows/understands poor Mikey boy….not even his psychiatrist??

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10


    2 months is a long time in football.

    So, this article reckons FFP will allow us to spend 20 million quid at least.

    Denis Wise today says Ashley will spend but nit 40, 50, 60 million quid.

    The above rport sags 3 loans, no permanents, no outlay.

    Who do you believe thrn?

  • posada

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    I wasnt going to say anything about your predictions, but you’ve gone too far and deserve this.
    You cannot seriously be claiming any credibility for a vague reference to some metal connection.
    You also said it was a done deal. You also said it would be announced soon. Amongst other things.
    You also said you would leave the blog if it was not done by the end of January.
    You left long enough to have a cup of tea out of your flask and a cheese sarny, before you were back again.
    Your methods are classic Nostradamus. Make ten predictions. Say nowt about the 9 that are wrong.Shout it from the roof tops about the one you get right. Do you think we are all fools.
    Attention seeking. Nothing more nothing less.
    Keep to your word and do one.

  • mactoon

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    If this swap deal of a midfielder for Gayle is true and is Rafa’s idea I really do despair. We need a striker so why do this

  • Throckley Gadjee

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #13

    Well said posada.

  • Mr Funk

    Jan 18, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    I for one don’t blame any of the people who took information from people that they trust and decided to share that info with others on this blog. I am more than happy for them to keep doing so.
    If it doesn’t turn out to be correct what is the harm done?

  • consettmags

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Were is the report there are no funds ?

  • Prometheus

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Unshackle the BEAST Mitrovic

  • Paul141726

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    I am cynical about the take over talk, but don’t for a minute wish that it would stop being reported. Even if and when its true (soon I hope) will enjoy reading the posts and will be rejoicing on the day that it is reality.

  • Geordie-john

    Jan 18, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Prometheus comment #16
    I agree 1,000,000,000,000,000 % Mitro can be our saviour if given the chance.

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 18, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    When the dust eventually settles, and things get back to normal, (whatever ‘normal’ is in the incompetence of the Ashley regime.) there are a few things I hope not to read again ;

    ……..Non Disclosure Agreements.

    ……..Rich Arab Princes.

    ……..Fist pumps outside curry houses.

    ……..PCP representing XXX billion £ ME investment fund.

    ……..’Staverly increases bid to over £300M’ Express/Star ‘excluive’

    ……..’this has been a total waste of time ‘

    ……..Fit and Proper Person.

    ……..Due Dilligence.

    ……..Every last penny the club earns.

    ………’ still don’t known the budget ‘

    There are many, many more, unfortunately!….

  • thatmatt

    Jan 18, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Personally, I would swap Gayle for Cairney. I don’t think Gayle can do a job for us but I think Cairney can. Watched him a lot this season and he’s the heartbeat of their team…so would be a huge loss for them, although they desperately need a CF who can do the business in the Championship as they create a lot of chances per game. Although if I were Cairney, I’d be tempted to stay at Fulham! They play attractive football, pass on the floor and he’s the fulcrum of their team. A sad indictment of the times that I think that he’d be better off there…

  • PompeyJohn

    Jan 18, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Am I missing something??
    Watford finished 4th bottom of the Premier League last year and received over £102.7 million. Even Sunderland got nearly £93.5 million!!!!
    If Ashley sold to someone now for £250 million, would the new owners not pocket roughly £100 million (possibly more) at the end of the season meaning a net outlay of only £150 million + expenses till end of season??
    It pains me to say it, but if so, I’m not suprised Ashley didn’t sell!
    It does surprise me that he doesn’t want to spend a bit to protect this cash cow though.


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