It seems like since Mike Ashley has called off negotiations with Amanda Staveley and her PCP Partners Group, he has done a complete turnaround on transfers this month.
The Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has told Rafa Benitez he can spend whatever it takes to keep the club in the Premier League this season.
So when Rafa at his press conference on Friday afternoon said it was a very positive conference call with Ashley this is probably what he was referring to.
And there’s recent evidence that Newcastle are trying to buy players since Newcastle have had two bids of €16M and €10M turned down in the last day or two for two different players.
Turkish media outlet Aksam reported that Newcastle have bid €16M for 27-year-old Galatasaray central midfielder Badou Ndiaye.
Calcio Mercato reported yesterday that Newcastle have had a bid of around €10m (£8.8M) rejected for Juventus 20-year-old right back Pol Lirola.
And the report in the Mirror claims that it is Ashley’s own money he has put up for players.
Rafa Benitez – finally getting help in January
The Newcastle insider has told the Mirror that manager Benitez will no longer be left in limbo this month, as he has been for most of January.
The transfer window is closing in just 10 days time so time is short, but Ashley showed back in 2013 that when he’s determined and relegation is a possibility he can get the deals done.
In just one week back in late January 2013 he was able to sign four French players as Newcastle were near the bottom of the league and at the time were also in the Europa League.
We had already signed Matthew Debuchy from Lille (£5.5M) earlier in the window and Newcastle then brought in Yoan Gouffran (Bordeaux £2.8M), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier £7M), Massadio Haidara (Nancy, undisclosed) and Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse, undisclosed).
And to get those deals done the club had to pay (big) fees to their agents.
But we doubt it’s Ashley’s money being used because there has to be money in Newcastle’s coffers that can be spent.
It’s a bit late coming but better late than never.
It now depends on whether Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley can get the player in that Rafa wants.
January is always a difficult window.
But this is very good news – assuming it is true.