There is some good news being reported today in the Sun.
And even though Newcastle’s second bid for Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen has been turned down, Newcastle are hopeful of completing a deal for £18M for the 27-year-old Danish striker, within the next 48 hours.
Sky Sports are reporting the second bid was said to be £15M which was immediately turned down yesterday.
That £18M fee will be a record for Newcastle and beats the £16.5M we paid out to Real Madrid for Michael Owen back in 2005.
Newcastle will double Jorgensen’s wages to £50K/week and that’s one reason he is said to be very keen to sign.
Nicolai Jorgensen – Newcastle can close deal at £18M for new club record
But Rafa wants the player because of his strong character, modesty and the fact he is already a good team player who learns quickly and wants to improve himself under Rafa Benitez.
Jorgensen is an important player for Feyenoord. and we hope when (and if) he signs for us before the weekend is over, he will become an important player at Newcastle.
Indeed if Jorgensen can start knocking the goals in for us – even if they are tap-ins (who cares?) he could very quickly become a big favorite on Tyneside – if he can help save us from relegation.
Certainly, his temperament and character from what we have read are excellent – and a typical player Rafa likes to buy.
We have to hope the Sun report is accurate and if it is we will have two players through the door – Kenedy and Jorgensen before Sunday night.
But we still need a goalkeeper and midfielder to get the four players Rafa wants signed by next Wednesday.
It’s the least Mike Ashley can do after letting Rafa and the club (plus the fans) down badly last summer, by refusing (not for the first time) to invest heavily in what was a Championship squad.