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.