Rafa Clearly On Mission To Sign New Players Quickly


There was a report in the Sun on Sunday  that we reported  on earlier today that suggested owner Mike Ashley will only release transfer funds to Rafa if he signs his new contract,

That seems to be a little bit unbelievable but with Ashley involved we suppose anything is possible but that’s not the way to treat an experienced and respected football manager like Rafa Benitez.

We doubt the story has much truth to it – although we’ve been wrong before.

The Chronicle is reporting Rafa had a meeting with Lee Charnley on Wednesday and there was at least one more meeting with Head of Recruitment  Steve Nickson and Newcastle officials at the meeting in London to finalize our top transfer targets – and hopefully to go after them.

Rafa Benitez – sign that target now!

With Ki Sung-yueng coming in as a free agent on Thursday that’s given some momentum to Newcastle’s transfer business, and we hope further signings will be soon.

There are reports we are talking to Palace about Andros Townsend and also talking to Chelsea about Robert Kenedy, so there seems to be a lot of action happening now that Rafa has returned to the club.

Rafa has both drive and ambition, and he will now be in constant contact with Lee Charnley about where things stand with each transfer target.

Good.

Rafa knows he cannot have another poor transfer window this summer as we did last year – and he will want to finish above 10th place this season.

Preseason training starts tomorrow, so we hope to hear directly from the manager then.

Comments welcome.


127 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jul 1, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #1

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    Can confirm that #nufc have made initial enquiries to #CPFC over the signing of @andros_townsend. The player was a huge success during his time on Tyneside. Rafa remains a big admirer, Andros enjoyed his time in B&W… but some way to go. #skysources Latest on @SkySportsNews

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    I knew Jail reminded me of someone/thing
    He’s the Soup Dragon !!!!!!!!

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 1, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3

    wouldn’t have got joselu. alan nielsen was the third german. still got two mystery swiss.

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jul 1, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Pretty sure Luuk and Siem De Jong were born in Switzerland

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

    Correct
    Just remembered meself
    The de Jong brothers were swiss born

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Their parents were pro volleyball players
    who played for Aigle

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 1, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Why is ings rated by some on here? Injuries aside, he is no better than Gayle at all.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I do feel if we are to replace Ritchie then I’d prefer him to be sold than tried at #10. Perez already is not a natural #10 and is being moulded for. We don’t need another makeshift player in that position, need a genuine natural number 10.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #9

    If that’s the end of the Clangers what is Jib going to do ha ha

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Time will tell whether there’s any truth in the Townsend story, but knowing Rafa’s a fan it may well have legs.
    We may have disagreed on his decision to leave as we believed he should’ve showed a bit of loyalty, but had he remained in the Championship his England career would definitely have suffered. As it is it didn’t matter because his Palace performances never reached the displays under Rafa and his reignited England career only lasted one game really, but very few players would’ve done anything differently.
    If Rafa wants him back we have little choice but to get behind him because the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about. Once a player pulls on that shirt anything in the past has to remain there.
    Personally I’m confident the match going fans will get behind him. Beardsley showed it is possible to return to a club and perform exceptionally well and Townsend played his career best football here.
    I was a pissed off as the next fan when he left but I’m sure I can put that behind me should he return. If not, I can give him plenty of stick when he plays here for another club. At the end of the day it’s the colour of the shirt that matters. If he can produce anything like the level of performance he did first time round he’ll win people over. Rafa knows what he’s doing after all. If he wants him back he’ll have a plan in mind.

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki
    Don’t worry I’ll still drop them
    😀

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Just realised that sounded like a gay proposition
    🙁

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #13

    I have a song for the new footy technology

    (with apologies to Edwin Starr)

    VAR, huh, yeah
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    VAR, huh, yeah
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing
    Say it again, why’all
    VAR, huh, good god
    What is it good for
    Absolutely nothing, listen to me

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Jib, you could replace ‘Only good for the undertaker’ with ‘bookmaker’! 🙂

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #15

    From previous post
    I don’t get you guys saying “try Ritchie as a no. 10” or “play Kenedy at no.10” as though any decent player can do it. I think you are under estimating the role and those guys aren’t up to it despite being good players! It is a special position; look who does it for the top teams!

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib
    Have you been on the pi$$ ? Haha

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Get yer coat Jib.

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #18

    Forget Edwin Starr Jib…Apologise to the blog for that rendition. Nearly vomited. Ha ha . Joking Jib. NHM

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #19

    bobby
    😀

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib , I can see you looking in the mirror wondering what shade of red you gone after that Var song … corny or what ! You’ve embarrassed yerself haven’t you ! Haha NHM .

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #21
  • Online Guy

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Has there ever been a fake Jib on the blog ?

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  • c-dog

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Ings would be a good replacement for Joselu. But nobody else.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #24

    Can’t say I’d be upset if Russia could pull of a surprise victory here. Rather play them than Spain further down the line.
    Bit of a comical own goal by the Russians. Serve him right though, think it would’ve been a penalty had it not gone in.

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Could we be witnessing the demise of tika taka ?
    We could see the first penalty shoot-out here

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  • Jib

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #26

    Spain reminds me of myself of late
    Difficult to find any penetration.
    😀

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #27

    The Russians have all been fitted with sub-min receivers so the coach can pass instruction during game . I think it’s an unfair advantage and fifa needs to look into this.

    It’s a small flat transducer just behind the ear ..Hard to see. I recall the Olympic fencers fitted with a buzzer within the epee. This is cheating .

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #28

    I believe I have mentioned this before but what about that Aleksandr Golovin?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Odd seeing the Russian team playing forty places above their ranking. And Spain obligingly dropping the same distance to meet them. Fair play that indeed.

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Spanish fly Jib

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Penalties and Spain pox it

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Wouldn’t mind England facing either of these teams tbh.

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  • magscar

    Jul 1, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Keep thinking I see Danny Ings out there except hehas Isco on the back of his shirt 🙂

    Golovin limked with Chelsea and Juventus in commentary – non-starter 🙁

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 1, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Wow another big team gone

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 1, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #35

    oops……that was unexpected

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 1, 2018 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #36

    How unpredictable Russia the hosts well down the rankings and pulling off a win against Spain. Did I say how unpredictable? I think I did. I wonder if they’ll unpredictably beat Croatia or Denmark next on the way to the semis? Can’t predict it can you?

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 1, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #37

    I had spain in the flappin Sweep

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 1, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #38

    This World Cup is there for the taking lads

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 1, 2018 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #39

    Jazzy
    tbh havent seen much to be feart of

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 1, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Howay Denmark. Come On.

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