It looks like Newcastle are unwilling to break their transfer record and bring in 27-year-old striker Nicolai Jorgensen from Feyenoord for £20M.
The Mail are reporting Newcastle have made an inquiry for Viktoria Plzen’s £10M-rated striker Michael Krmencik, who is 24.
Whether that is some ploy to try to get Feyenoord to reduce their price on Jorgensen by a couple of million we don’t know – but it could be – Newcastle are just far too thrifty in the transfer market.
It does seem that Newcastle have been put off by the asking price of £20M for the Feyenoord striker and will go after a much cheaper target.
Martin Dubravka – 29-year-old Slovakian International
The Mail is also reporting today that Newcastle are very close to bringing in Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
It’s expected the deal will be a loan deal with an option to buy for around £4M in the summer.
Rafa is keen to bring in an experienced goalkeeper so that young Freddie Woodman can go out on loan, but this all has to happen very late in this window.
And of course we play a crucial league game at home on Wednesday night against Burnley, and we really need to win that game to start pulling away from the relegation zone.
It’s not good that Mike Ashley will not pay the £20M for Jorgensen who looked like he could have been a good buy for us.
But there’s still over two days to go in this window and Newcastle could shock us on the positive side of things.
Let’s hope that’s true.