There was good news tonight from Sky Sports Keith Downie that Newcastle and Fulham have finally agreed on a deal for Aleksandar Mitrovic and it’s likely to go through this weekend.
Downie has tweeted the initial fee is £22M rising to £27M with add-ons based on the performance of Mitro at the Craven Cottage club.
With Mitro just not fitting into the Newcastle plans this has to be a good deal for Newcastle.
Dwight Gayle – could be leaving Newcastle
Newcastle drew 0-0 at Porto tonight and had to hang on for most of the game defending.
And we saw some great saves from goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and with 11 minutes to go Rafa made another 6 changes to give some of the fringe players a runout – after also making changes at the half.
The positive coming out of the game for Newcastle was the resolute defending by the side with Clark and Lascelles playing well in central defense.
Dwight Gayle is in the squad in Portugal but he didn’t get any playing time and that suggests the deal to take him to West Brom as a swap for Salomon Rondon may be close.
We’d rather keep Dwight on Tyneside for next season but with the sale of Mitrovic, we have to believe there will be another striker – in addition to Rondon and Muto to join the club before August 9th.
We hope so in any case.
This is what Keith Downie has tweeted after the 0-0 draw at Porto tonight.
Rafa Benitez has just confirmed to me he still needs another striker after the capture of Muto and sale of Mitrovi?. Asked him if that included keeping Gayle and he said “it depends.”
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 28, 2018
The money could also allow Rafa to sign 24-year-old left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City but he picked up an injury in their 2-1 win at Bournemouth yesterday and limped off the field.
In addition to Yoshinori Muto we must get at least one new (net) striker in so if there is a swap between Gayle and Rondon we expect another striker – maybe Danny Ings- to come in.