Report – Rafa Told To Splash The Cash – Striker Kevin Gameiro A Target


There’s a report in the Star today that Rafa Benitez has been given the green light by Mike Ashley to spend big in this January transfer window.

That’s not too different from the news of the last few days that Rafa has been told to sign the players he needs to ensure Newcastle United are a Premier League club come May.

In that way, Ashley will be able to get the maximum price for Newcastle as he tries to sell the club before the summer.

And it seems the striker we are trying to sign for a club record fee is Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro.

Kevin was a target of ours back in the summer of 2011 before he signed on at PSG from French club Lorient.

Kevin Gameiro – striker target from Atletico Madrid

But Gameiro is now 30 and to pay out such a fee for a 30-year-old seems strange.

The Star reports Rafa had wanted a player with Premier League experience, but the Frenchman is now available after having a mediocre first half of the season in Madrid.

But the way Rafa will look at it is if he scores the goals that save us this season he will be worth it.

If we are relegated we lose £100M at the very least next season, and we would have to sell players and build a new team for the second division.

£20M or whatever the fee is for a player like Gameiro is worth it – if he can save us from relegation.

Rafa is also said to be interested in 22-year-old Sandro Ramirez – a player he wanted in the summer from Malaga, who is now available from Everton on loan.

The Spanish U21 striker would be another excellent addition to our team if Rafa can get him in.

Comments welcome.


31 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Next!

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  • Tinman

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Catchy, settle down man.

    If Rafa plays Kenedy at 10 then yes he is addressing a problem area. We haven’t had a nr 10 in years.

    If he plays him LB or LW then I will also question what the point of bringing him in was as we have decent cover in those areas.

    But what is the point in prattling on like a deranged moron before the lad has even kicked a ball.

    Every player we sign deserves a chance before the fans get on their back, even Joselu was given a fair crack by the fans.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    tinman
    i agree mate football is about opinions but it helps to if you have the facts to help form that opinion !

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  • Thump

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Isn’t Gameiro the lad who got slated at both PSG and Lorient for having one too many burgers?

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #5

    @Thump

    Na that was Ben Arfa ! One too many Greggs ha ha

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  • Tinman

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Can’t see Gamerio coming in or doing much in PL. Lacks the presence and power

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  • Tinman

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Hibbit, maybe true, it’s the manner in which you disregard others opinions. You address everyone who has questioned Rafa in one fell swoop and your argument is, well Rafa said it’s right so it must be. Formulate your own opinion

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Thump I believe you could be thinking of Gignac aka McGignac

    As for this lad pretty sure George Caulkin rubbished the claim earlier

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  • wynsleap

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    I would like to know how Ashley has suddenly told Rafa “to splash the cash” when a short while ago he was stating forcibly that his money was all tied up and he wasn’t able to spend a nickel. More lies from the Controller. He can do it when it has to be done.
    Having said that why has he waited until the last week before announcing and allowing this?
    The man’s a fraud and I don’t believe a word he utters.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #10

    ”But what is the point in prattling on like a deranged moron before the lad has even kicked a ball.”

    – – – – – – – – – –

    Tinman you speak for many. Default question when addressing the provocative, attention seeking little twerp, who if you spent a day in his company would make you want to slit your wrists. Miserable bleeder that he is. Never a good word for anyone, except who was it, oh yeah. . . . genius McLaren!

    – – – – – – – – – –

    On another note as surprising as it sounds Joselu has won more headers than any other player in the PL this season.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Kennedy seems a very strange deal

    Not so much in terms of the type of player he is, young pacy in the fringes of Chelsea but strange in the sense that it had taken nearly 3 full transfer windows to sign him on a six month loan deal, you’d really hope there’s an option to buy but doesn’t seem to be

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Yep caulkin and Douglas confirmed not gemeiro. Said trying to buy striker but also after loans. Crisdibg everything we get them in.

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  • Dragon64

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #13

    all the talk of strikers coming in will probably be someone no one thought of??

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Pretty sure we wouldn’t pay £20m for a 30 year old especially one who hasn’t done well in the EPL.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #15

    Iheanacho or Dembele would be great, flanked by Kennedy and Murphy

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  • runheed

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Hold on a bit. Doesn’t this imply the expenditure of ‘money’ or some such. Does Mike know about this?

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  • hibbit

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Tinman @7
    sorry mate but i’ve never ever said anything close to that and never ever dismissed everyones opinion with one stroke of the pen

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Rotonda
    Not surprising at all, Joselu’s hold up play, willingness to battle cb’s and distribution has been decent since signing, think he’s actually a good shout at a #10 for us, just need a goal scorer

    Oh and a keeper…Elliot seems to be struggling more and more to shake off injuries and Darlow can’t seem to see the ball if it’s struck from outside the box

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  • hibbit

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Tinman
    you say it’s all about opinions yet you just slaughtered Catchy because you didn’t like his opinion???

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  • Tinman

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #20

    tads,

    Joselu has 62% pass completion rate (Opta stats)
    No, he would not be a good nr10.

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  • Tinman

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Hibbit, difference is I address Catchy and state why I think he is wrong and I am right.

    You address ‘the I know better brigade’ (generalising as I stated) and your argument was ‘because Rafa…’

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  • SA Toon

    Jan 23, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #22

    I’d be seriously stoked if we did land
    Gamiera, although I agree that £20m for a 30 year old with no on-sale value is probably not going to happen. I don’t see anything strange though in Ashley’s about turn on funding transfers. As long as he thought he was going to be selling the club he didn’t want to reduce his profit by spending money on transfers. Once he realized the deal was off and that he carried the risk of another relegation fight, he had to spend to protect the value of his asset. Also, there is the likelihood of an increase in TV revenue (potentially a 50% increase) and he wouldn’t want to risk missing out on the impact that would have on the value of the club. After all, he’s a businessman!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Tinman
    Needs players up there to pass to

    Also wins the ball for us front more than any other

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  • giimps

    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #24

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the takeover has been agreed at a price agreeable to both sides on the guarantee of Rafa staying and us being in the prem, he’s probably been told he will be reimbursed the funds expended when we stay up if he allows some of the 2 lots of tv money received to be spent on quality incomings to make this happen

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #25

    SA Toon
    You can’t honestly still believe that after 10 years with him in charge?

    He’s used sky all the way through this takeover saga
    3 serious bids from PCP all saw him walk away with a decent pay off

    Then conveniently as questions are being asked, the deals off Rafas got a contract offer in the table and a blank cheque book? All before season tickets are up for renewal?
    What an amazing coincidence!

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  • hibbit

    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #26

    tinman
    but the whole i know better brigade is only 3% of the newcastle fan base “according to the chronicle survey”
    i said it was my thoughts and Rafa didn’t get a mention
    it seems to me opinions are all right as long as there your opinion that’s just my a opinion

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  • martoon

    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m quite surprised we haven’t sold anybody yet – with the likes of Colback and Mbemba not to Rafa’s liking you would have thought somebody would have come in for them!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #28

    Martoon
    Colbacks a bit of a Rodwell situation
    Could prob leave on a free (just like the summer) but not willing to take a hit in wages
    Plus someone would actually have to want him, hopefully WBA!!

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  • martoon

    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #29

    toonarmydownsouth – yeah you’re probably right wages will be the issue similar to the French lads. I would have thought if you’re earning that much money you’d be willing to take a hit to play regular football as it is a relatively short career but I’ve never been in that position (and never will)

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  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #30

    Hernandez’ agent has been touting him around, specifically stating he wants a guarantee of playing time.
    He’d be cheaper than Gameiro and has the PL experience Rafa is looking for.

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  • widowmagandapoke

    Jan 23, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Splash, cash and ash may rhyme, but they don’t figure.

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