Rafa Benitez managed to persuade Mike Ashley three new players into Newcastle in the January with two of them coming in on the last night before the window closed.
Getting Mike Ashley to pay out Newcastle’s money on good players is like trying to get blood out of a stone.
It’s difficult, and Ashley is just not cut out with his personality and temperament to be a successful football club owner.
Hopefully, he has finally realized that and will sell the club before the summer.
Nicolai Jorgensen – sign him up early this summer
But we think that highly unlikely as do other long-suffering Newcastle fans.
Rafa has got three good players in on loan – goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, striker Islam Slimani, and winger Kenedy and hopefully they can make a difference to the Newcastle side.
We tried to get Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen in last month, but his club wanted £20M for him, and we were willing to pay only £15M.
But Newcastle should have plenty of money available in the summer, and maybe we can tie up a deal early for the 27-year-old Danish International striker.
If Rafa is still here at that time that’s what he would want to do, and he wants to change the way transfers are conducted at the club.
We assume that includes persuading the current owner that he cannot build a top team on the cheap.
Jorgensen’s agent, Mikkel Nissen, confirmed yesterday in Denmark via media outlet Ekstra Bladet that Newcastle tried to sign the big Dane last month- and we were even daring in our approach.
This is some of what Nissen said:.
“I can confirm that Newcastle specifically wanted to have him and did a lot to make it successful,”
“There were also other Premier League clubs in play, but Newcastle was the most daring.”
“But Feyenoord was against the move.” “They just didn’t want to sell him in this transfer window and will look at it this summer.”
The news is that Newcastle will double Jorgensen’s wages and since Rafa will have talked to the striker it should be an easy deal to complete early this summer to give us some momentum.
But Newcastle and whoever the owner is in May must be prepared to pay the going rate for top players.
We’re sick of Newcastle being the lean and mean club who refuse to meet the price of our transfer targets and keep getting relegated.
That’s the level to which Newcastle have been dragged down to because of Ashley’s woeful mismanagement of the club over the last eleven years.