The Chronicle are reporting that Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley have held a last-minute phone conversation to try to get a striker and other players in before tonight at 11:00 pm – about an hour after our game finished with Burnley at St. James’ Park.
Otherwise, we will have a third transfer window in a row that ended up negatively because Newcastle didn’t bring in the players Rafa needed.
They spoke yesterday morning by telephone as Benitez was stressing to Ashley that it’s crucial to bring in at least a striker before the window closes tonight – in about 15 hours time.
These are desperate times for Newcastle.
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Let’s say right now we don’t expect that to happen today and Ashley has once again screwed things up.
We hope we are wrong.
He had ample warning that Newcastle face a tough relegation fight if we don’t strengthen the squad this month.
It seems that Ashley and Charnley have gone down the list Rafa gave them and there’s nobody available, so they are literally scouring Europe to try to get in a striker.
What a ridiculous situation Mike Ashley has put Newcastle in – it’s criminal.
We lost out on loan signing of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and wouldn’t pay the price Feyenoord wanted for top target Nicolai Jorgensen.
So Ashley would rather have Newcastle relegated than pay over the odds for a striker in January – Rafa’s top striker choice?
Maybe that’s some of what Rafa was telling Ashley.
Here’s what Rafa said about the telephone call to the owner:
“We were talking about different options in the transfer market, that’s it,”
“We have been talking about everything. It has been one month with our targets, so we had plenty of targets to talk about.”
“We have to do something before the end and then that’s it.”
“Obviously, everybody would like to see players early, but they are not here so we will try to do something in one day.”
“Any player, if it’s a good player, will make an impact and bring something.”
“It (my relationship with Ashley) is fine. We have to talk, it is the way they like to do things.”
“In every single club I have been, normally I finish with profit, success and titles.”
“Or at least not creating a problem for the books,”
“I understand what is going on in the market and I will try to find players early at the right price.”
“If a player is too much I will not say: ‘Go for this one.’” “But, in this case, in this time, it has not been the case.”
“Each club has their own way to do business.” “I think we can do things in another way but it’s just where we are now.”
“It’s Burnley next, that’s the main thing.”
It’s hard to say that with those comments Rafa is impressed with what Newcastle have done this month.
Rafa’s right – things must change in the transfer window, but there’s no way that’s going to happen with Mike Ashley as owner.