It was good that Rafa finally got Kenedy into the fold after the manager had been after him since last summer on a loan spell.
When Kenedy played so well in the FA Cup replay against Norwich City, we didn’t think he would be coming – but we were wrong – again.
Now Newcastle are negotiating a deal for Feyenoord’s Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen, but that deal has stalled on price – nothing knew for Newcastle.
But we need Jorgensen in as soon as possible so he can be training with the squad – so hopefully this one will not drag on past this weekend – but with Newcastle, you never know.
Martin Dubravka – Newcastle should make a decision on two options offered
And Sparta Prague are still waiting for a second bid coming in from Newcastle for their goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, according to the Chronicle.
It looks like a loan deal for the season with an option to buy for £4M in the summer was turned down by Sparta Prague.
Since we will not pay out big money until the summer and we’ll have between £100M and £200M from the Premier League by then, surely we can close a deal now to get the goalkeeper in?
Newcastle are reported to be looking at new options before presumably returning with a better offer for Dubravka.
Sparta are still willing to do a deal – so again – the sooner we can get players signed and training with the first team squad the better.
The Chronicle are reporting Sparta want a £1.25M loan fee and agree to a £4M transfer clause, but the transfer must take place this summer.
The other offer is a £2.2M loan fee with a £3.2M option to buy.
So in other words, if Newcastle want an “option to buy,” it will cost us about £1M more in loan fees but £800K less on the final transfer fee.
The two deals in total are £5.25M or £5.4M.
Let’s take the second offer – the loan deal of £2.2M with an option to buy for £3.2M.
That gives us more flexibility and Newcastle are not locked into the permanent transfer should Dubravka not play well.
OK – that one’s sorted out, and Newcastle must get better at making decisions – but these are not exactly difficult.
And Rafa probably would like another midfielder brought in to make up the four players he wants in this month.
If we can do that – it would give the club and the supporters everywhere a massive lift because we’d have a decent chance of surviving in the Premier League.
Let’s not leave everything until the last minute as Newcastle usually do – and then fail to sign anybody on the last day of the window.
We should be learning from our mistakes and this kind of hesitancy and uncertainty three years ago cost us the £5M signing of a player called Dele Alli.
How much is Ali worth today.
And to think Newcastle wouldn’t pay the (measly) agent’s fees and so Spurs jumped in late in that January window and signed the player from MK Dons for £5M.
So you have to look at the big picture and put things in perspective, and around £4M for a goalkeeper is not breaking the bank – even at Newcastle.
It would be good to get both Jorgensen and Dubravka into the club before the end of the weekend.