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.