Mike Ashley didn’t want to spend much money last summer, and he doesn’t want to spend much money this month.
But there’s a lot of activity going on today as Newcastle look like they will sign Islam Slimani on loan as well as Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, also on loan.
Newcastle have already brought in Kenedy on loan, and he should be making his debut tonight against Burnley at home.
Newcastle have almost completed the outgoing loans of Mitrovic (Anderlecht), Woodman (Aberdeen), Aarons (Hellas Verona – Serie A), and Saivet (Sivasspor- Turkey).
So that will ease the wage bill and keep the finances at Newcastle under control – which it seems is what Ashley wanted to do.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner but for how long?
And the stage is now set if Rafa can use the three new signings to take us to safety in the Premier League Ashley could well sell before the summer.
We’ll believe it when it happens, and we have that nagging doubt that he could take the club off the market for the third time.
But everything is looking positive as Sky Sports’ Pete Graves reports:.
So Slimani and Dubravka heading in. Mitrovic, Saivet, Aarons heading out… It’s shaping into a busy #DeadlineDay for #nufc fans for once. Why so many loans??? I believe the takeover will be reignited in coming months. Follow the day on @SkySportsNews
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) January 31, 2018
Rafa has been very cool throughout this month – given what’s been happening – but perhaps Mike Ashley has told him he is determined to sell the club soon.
Ashley is waiting for the new three year Premier League TV rights deal to be announced in February, and that could raise the price he wants for Newcastle if it’s significantly more than the current £5.1B deal.
But hopefully, there will be some buyer – maybe PCP and Amanda Staveley – who are really serious about buying the club.
Then whether we sign players like Slimani and Dubravka this summer will be Rafa’s decision, but under new owners.
And hopefully, Rafa will finally get some decent money to spend to make Newcastle into a much better team that can compete in the Premier League.
That’s good for Rafa, good for the fans, good for the City, and good for the club.
We hope that’s the case, so the Mike Ashley nightmare at Newcastle comes to an end.
But the main thing – as Rafa keeps reminding everybody – is for Newcastle to start winning games and to get to 40 points as soon as possible.
When that happens, we could see some action with bidders making new offers for the club.
That’s the hope.