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Rafa To Hold Critical Transfer Meeting This Week

The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa Benitez will have new talks with Lee Charnley about what the situation is with signing a striker.

He will have the talks before he jets off on Wednesday with the squad to Carton House, County Kildare for a week’s training camp.

The two strikers we are reported to be after are 25-year-old Nice striker Alassane Plea, and West Brom’s 28-year-old Venezuelan International striker Salomon Rondon.

Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley – have to get the job done working together

Newcastle are reported to have bid £20M for Plea but it was turned down, and Newcastle have not followed up with a second bid.

Rafa is a man of action and a workaholic (a man after my own heart), and he wants things done.

That seems reasonable.

But it may be a little foreign to the current Newcastle hierarchy, and it’s something that must change if the Magpies are to become a top club in Europe.

And that is possible with Rafa Benitez as our manager.

As usual, Rafa has done his homework in getting ready for another critical transfer window at Newcastle.

But he has to be supported by Lee Charnley and team.

We cannot have Newcastle miss out for a second summer running on our top transfer targets.

Rafa will want to know what has been done so far and hopefully, they can work out the next steps that need to be done quickly.

The transfer window ends four weeks on Thursday – so there’s not an awful lot of time left – given how slowly Newcastle operate in the transfer market.

It took literally months to sign Florian Lejeune last summer.

We can still have a good transfer window if Newcastle move a lot more quickly for their targets.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Seems Rafa has to do this every window to get players in

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #2
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Here we go again 🙄

    Every fcuking window we hear this

  • Reilly

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Pete Graves
    #SKYSOURCES: #NUFC closing on loan deal for Kenedy. Positive talks with #CFC. Rafa still wants Andros Townsend from #CPFC and is open to sale of Matt Ritchie (at right price) to #SCFC.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #5


    Townsend and Kennedy as first choice wingers with Atsu and Murphy as back up actually looks decent!

    I know Townsend left us blah blah blah but my worry about bringing him back is the little injuries he gets Richie never really missed a game through injury in 2 seasons

    What I do like about Townsend though is he can create goals out of nothing by either skinning players or hitting a crazy effort I remember when he was playing for us when he scored that outstanding free kick against Palace

    Also seen him live against Swansea and he was immense that game he scored and also the other goals came from his corners never stopped running and attacking the full back

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    So we have to sell a decent player just to get another player in, i throught the idea was to straighten the team not to brake it up in the 3 weeks away and 2 weeks at home we have signed 1 player nufc this is not good enough.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Lee from earlier…we might create chances – haven’t checked the stats – but that doesn’t make us an attacking side. It could suggest we are a team playing on the counter (the possession would suggest that)

    Anywho…Rondon would be another real letdown just like Joselu and Slimani.

    And imagine the excuses we’ll have to lend ears to by the selected few (though annoyingly loud) on here!

  • AncientC

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #8

    I would prefer Ritchie to Townsend. Townsend did well during his spell with Newcastle, but he isn’t coming back a player in that same kind of form. Anybody expecting to see Townsend replicate his form from a few years ago could end up being disappointed; he will still be a useful attacking talent though.

    Ritchie had a poor spell midseason, but the whole team was going through a bad patch at that point. Ritchie was ripping the PL up in the first 8 games or so, I remember Sky Sports had Ritchie high up in the power rankings—in the top 20 players in the PL at one point if I am not mistaken. After Kenedy was signed, Ritchie was bang back in form. I just think Ritchie offers so much more… and the implication he lacks pace mystifies me. Benitez had the side set up to come inside instead of hitting the byline, that is why Ritchie wasn’t going on the outside and bombing crosses in.

  • magicmac54

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #9

    It wont matter if Rafa has a million meetings with charmless, nothing will ever change as long as Ashley is owner of the club, he has no interest in what Rafa wants, he has no interest what the fans want, he clearly has zero ambition in Newcastle in football terms, Ashley is more than happy if we finish in 17th place, as long as Newcastle remain in the premier league so it helps promote his sports dirrect with free advertising around the world, job done is Ashleys eyes, my fear is we could actually be weaker by the end of this transfer window, i hope iam wrong in my fears about this transfer window window, i would love to know does any other Newcastle fans share my view about this transfer window, perhaps a lot of fans are confident we will have a really good and positive transfer window, but my feeling is a lot of fans are expecting another very poor window, bargain budget, freebies, the loan market, or players bought on the cheap, we all know Ashley will never change in a million years where Newcastle are concerned. HWTL.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    runaway, all teams have to sell and buy otherwise you end up with a club filled with players who can’t get in the squad. We’re not out of the ordinary. It makes sense to line up a player we would like to buy and have a deal for the player he is replacing already lined up also, so yes, sell before we buy but for practical rather than economic reasons.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 9, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #11

    Runaway…it would seem so. Just wonder what we have been up to since the window opened!

    I am not going to name which players are considered deadwood in fear of having to hear Jail nagging again…

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #12

    jesper “And imagine the excuses we’ll have to lend ears to by the selected few”

    Excuses for signing a player to the first team squad? I don’t get your meaning, surely even though Rondon isn’t your first choice, if Rafa decides he’s good enough for the squad, he won’t need us to make excuses for him.

    I would hope you would show your support for any new player and give him an opportunity to prove himself, instead of telling us all how pants he is before we’ve even signed the lad. After all, that is surely what being a ‘supporter’ is all about.

  • hibbit

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13


    it’s time to change the record you’re becoming so repetitious and boring

  • toon22

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Dont think the same rubbish they usually spin every transfer window washes with anyone any more
    If MA isnt gone before tge end of next season Rafa will be.Its one or the other.
    Myself i cling to the hope that no news is good news as due dillegence is being carried out.
    As if its not this transfer window will be the worst yet from.the greedy fat get.

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #15

    “becoming” ?

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #16

    jesperfuglsang – capt’n awesome of the lemon crew i no what you mean but like some on here i will not change my name just to have a say i would think there’s other players before a decent player like ritchie goes.

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17

    I wish the whingers would digest this


    The only club that’s signed anyone earth-shaking is Liverpool
    and with their Euro run plus PL dosh they made £275M

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #18

    RobLeenio there’s a few i would get rid of before Ritchie he was playing well after that bad patch we through .

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #19

    Runaway, I voted Ritchie as my player of the season, I really like the guy and his goals though few were really important. Arguably, his goal against Man U to get us three points and start the drive away from relegation was the most important of the whole campaign.

    But in order to sell, there has to be a demand. I’d rather sell Colback for eg but nobody wants him.

    Also, you can only sell those players you can relatively easily replace. Ritchie can be replaced by a younger and potentially more effective player in Townsend. Yes, we’ll miss his experience, but we’ve brought in Ki Sung Yeung who is an international captain against Merino, so there’s probably a net gain.

    I see your point, however – Ritchie deserves our loyalty and he’ll always get a welcome at SJP

  • lochinvar

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Can you hear the wums Fernandes ?

  • toon kk

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Iff the report on the potential sale of Richie does go through its a ridiculous decision, especially if the motive is to raise funds. He’s one of our best player’s and will cost much more to replace with a like for like.
    Our recruitment of striker’s are very difficult for Rafa under the funds available but I don’t know what type of player Rafa likes tbh.

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #22


    Next time you have an audience with Ashley, perhaps you could remind him that there’s money to be made by being successful (Liverpool, with their Euro run plus PL dosh, made £275M)

    He might listen to you so have a word and report back.

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #23


    Charnley’ll not be the hold up – Ashley works his strings!

    And, given Rafa’s pre season end wishes which included being smarter with transfers, I think it’s fair to say that Ashley’s stuck two fingers up and wants Rafa out. Ashley doesn’t like his underlings to have ideas above their station

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib; The problem is the club have a modus operandi with regard to transfers which is to shop in the bargain basement and hopefully find a gem as opposed to going for quality. The only time the club splash the cash is to try and minimise the impact of previously poor decisions in the transfer market.
    In other words panic buy.

  • toon kk

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Our problem lies with penny pinching over the years, we’ve always gone for the cheapest option on so many occasions along with poor scouting, leaving us with players we and no other clubs want.
    MA can’t understand why running a club is so expensive. How about spending wisely then our best player’s are not the only a options to raise decent money.

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #26


    You’re probably correct when you say that the majority of fans had or have little or no faith in Ashley’s vaguely worded statements professing support for Rafa along with ‘every penny’ etc.

    Your sentiments lie with the majority although there are at least three names who post on here are either apologists for Ashley or so naive they seem to have faith that the club’s a victim of circumstance and all will be good or better than expected when the window slams shut.

    We’d better be prepared for what’s ahead and enjoy Rafa when he’s here – to be replaced by whom one wonders. If Rafa can’t get Ashley to change his ways, who can?

    It’s a crying shame – so much hope dashed by an arrogant greedy git!

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #27

    toon kk, yep that would make sense to me, as would investing in the academy so we’re producing our own decent players to either use ourselves or sell on as a way of boosting the coffers. Apparently Ashley doesn’t agree.

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib; The problem is the club have a modus operandi with regard to transfers which is to shop in the bargain basement and hopefully find a gem as opposed to going for quality. The only time the club splash the cash is to try and minimise the impact of previously poor decisions in the transfer market

    Simply not true
    it’s one of those mantras that if enough idiots repeat it , it then becomes fact.

    Just one example

    Siem de Jong was captain of Ajax
    we gave him a 6 year contract and 70k pw

    Pardew was going to build a side around him

    He played 22 games for us in nearly 4 years and
    cost us in total over £17.5m

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #29

    What I find surprising is that Ashley, supposedly a Spurs fan, hasn’t examined and tried to emulate the Joe Louis/ Levy approach to running a football club

    It wasn’t so long ago that Spurs were staring relegation in the face, recruited Rednapp as their saviour scored the drop, went from strength to strength to become what they are now – one of the Prem’sbig six and building a new stadium too.

    Meanwhile and two relegations later, Ashley’s got NUFC scratching around for loanees and potentially sickening one of the world’s best managers.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #30

    Rob…if Rafa thinks Rondon is good enough then what?

  • toon kk

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #31

    That’s my point the club has wasted millions not saved money. Now we’re broke according to the fat man, waiting for money to come in and still looking for a bargain, a bargain is only a bargain if he is either a known top player or very good with a Real potential.

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Why is most on here surprised it’s the same sh1t every season yet just cos Rafa here people expect Ashley to change and hope for the best

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #33

    It wasn’t so long ago that Spurs were staring relegation in the face

    Really ?

    In the 26 years of the PL the lowest Spurs have finished is 15th
    in 93/94
    Their commonest finish is 5th
    Their highest finish 2nd
    They’ve never been lower than 6th in the last 10 years

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #34

    hibbit…ain’t gonna happen! But it doesn’t hurt to ask I suppose!

    But I would imagine you liked it repetitious and boring? No…

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #35


    if Rafa thinks Rondon is good enough then (take your pick):
    that’s good enough for me
    he deserves our support
    he probably is
    he obviously sees something in him that will help the team
    lets get behind him

    What’s your alternative? Argue with the judgement of the single man with the ability and desire to turn our club into the force we all want it to be?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Rob…I can’t speak for everyone or you but supporting a team is not just about saying in Rafa we trust (well not for all of us)

    Buying a crap player and wishfully hoping he’ll we great sounds like a failed exercise to begin with…

    Is that how you do it?

  • magicmac54

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Lesh i totally agree with your comments, and yes there are at least 3 people who post on here who are apologists for Ashley, we all know who they are, we also know they are not the brightest and a little deluded, i enjoy reading most of the posts Lesh, a lot of posts i dont agree with but sure it would be boring if we all agreed Lesh. Have to go back to work now fellow Newcastle fans. HWTL.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 9, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #38

    jib, i read the list of other teams transfers earlier and was shocked to see most teams haven’t bought anyone. from reading the blog i thought many players had been snapped up.

  • 9

    Jul 9, 2018 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib@33 It’s perfectly true Spurs were facing relegation in the first part of the season they signed ‘Arry, who did what he was paid to do and got them out of trouble, hence they didn’t finish low down. But before they signed him they were in a dreadful league position, certainly bottom three,maybe bottom, I’m not sure, but I remember it well I took a bet with some mates who are Spurs supporters that they would go down, and.lo and behold, next day they sacked the useless foreigner who was “managing” them and in came ‘Arry and out went my money at the end of the season)

  • 9

    Jul 9, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Mike @38 From the unending hysteria on here you would be excused for thinking everybody else had completed all their signings this window. In reality the ceaseless whinging is utterly misplaced – if the situation remains as it is at the end of the window, then it will be time to complain. Nobody with any sense thinks that Rafa/NUFC shout about their deals before they happen. We will sign players, no doubt. As to who, when and for how much, nobody on here has a scooby do, certainly I don’t, but it’s pitiful to read posters whinging away for completely spurious reasons.

    What we do know is that our useless owner won’t change his ways. Why should he? He provided the funds to get us to 10th, so he will be mighty chuffed with his policies, why wouldn’t he be?


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