Newcastle have so far failed to sign the striker we desperately need to get in before tomorrow night at 11:00 pm, when the transfer window slams shut.
We missed out yesterday on both Sturridge on loan, and we refused to pay the going rate for Nicolai Jorgensen of Feyenoord.
They wanted £20M for the striker, and we were prepared to pay only £15M.
Sturridge was supposed to be in Newcastle yesterday lunchtime but West Brom – who have been interested in signing Sturridge all month – moved in and signed the Birmingham-born striker on loan.
Sturridge is reported to have chosen West Brom over Newcastle for family reasons.
Newcastle failed to go back with an improved offer on their second bid of £15M and Feyenoord called off talks for their striker, who will now be staying in Holland.
If we don’t get a striker in over the next 39 hours, and we are relegated – we deserve it for being so short-sighted and small-minded.
And Ashley wants Rafa to extend his contract at Newcastle?
Rafa Benitez is in front of the cameras at 1:30 pm today, but he will look cool and calm – as usual.
Rafa will portray that to his players since we have such an important game tomorrow night at home to Burnley which will end about an hour before the transfer window ends.
Rafa will have every right to feel aggrieved if Mike Ashley doesn’t sign a striker by then.
And of course, Newcastle will now have to pay top dollar for any loan move or permanent signing, since other clubs will know the serious predicament we have put ourselves in.