Rafa Wants At Least Three New Players Signed In Addition To Muto This Summer

Newcastle should be announcing the signing of striker Yoshinori Muto before the end of this week with all the details tied up as he waits for his work permit.

But with the transfer of Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham yesterday for an initial £22M, there should be some additional money for Rafa to spend – but it will not be the full£22M, which will be paid in yearly installments by Fulham.

Newcastle still need another striker brought in – which looks to be Salomon Rondon from West Brom (how many times have we written that this summer?) and we must get a left back in to cover for Paul Dummett and give him some competition.

24-year-old Joe Bryan of Bristol City – a target?

Also, we need another center-back brought in after we have lost Florian Lejeune through a severe ACL knee injury for most of the season.

So a center-back, striker, and left-back are still needed.

And that has to be one net new striker so if Gayle is exchanged for Rondon we still need another striker brought in.

Newcastle have again been linked with the possibility of signing 24-year-old left-back Joe Bryan from Bristol City who has been a target for over a year now.

There’s also news today that Newcastle may be interested again in singing Club Brugge winger Anthony Limbombe after his proposed move to Huddersfield Town broke down.

The Terriers have turned their attention to Christian Atsu so there’s a possibility that Rafa could sell Atsu to help fund a move for the lightning fast Belgium winger.

There still seems to be transfer business Rafa still wants to complete in the next 9 days.

We have already signed Dubravka, Kenedy (loan), Sung-yueng, and Fabian Schar through the door and hope to have Muto signed this week from Mainz.

That’s five new players in so far.

Comments welcome.

63 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Jul 31, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    while we wait for his work permit is muto training with us

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 31, 2018 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Heaps of clubs do plenty of “horse trading” late in the window of course, and we most certainly have done. We still have hope. But of course, it’s the hope that …..yada, yada, yada.

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    He cannot train until he has his documentation
    So rather than send him to Portugal
    With Augsburg at home in mind
    Carbley is keepinng Muto busy

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4
  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 31, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    I doubt Mutu will be training with us until the deal is finalised. If he should be injured while training I would suspect the deal would be off.

  • SwissSte

    Jul 31, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Bryan/Tagliafico £8m
    Limbombe for £11m to replace Atsu
    Would love for us to show a tiny bit of ambition and go for Josh King but that is highly unrealistic

  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Latest news is that Ashley has accepted Fulham proposal to pay for Mitro in instalments.
    That way he gets all of the money eventually but Rafa can’t spend it all in one go so only gets a small part in a transfer window.

    What’s the word I’m looking for ?

  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Forget Columbus the Viking’s got there first.
    It was Leif Eriksson who discovered Newfoundland way before your guy turned up.
    In fact it may even have been a Scot of Viking descent who stepped ashore first having sailed from what is now Greenland with Leif whose Dad was Erik the Red. Did you know him ?

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    No one was arguing who was there first !
    Columbus thought he’d found India
    so called the inhabitants Indians.

    You’re not related to Jail for Ashley
    by any chance ?

  • SwissSte

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #10

    Shouldn’t make a difference paying for Mitro in installments: we should have a Sissoko installment coming in…..

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    The word is “careful”

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #12


    Are you as thick as you make everybody else out to be.

    Don’t you have a EDL meeting to organise?

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Do the Native Indians call it, Found a lost man at sea day?

    Someone should have slapped Columbus, he’d have found it harder to be further away from India unless he was in space.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Didn’t Leif Eriksson star in “The Carpetbaggers” as well?

  • Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Aside from “red indians” which isnt really an accepted term for native Americans. Jib isnt wrong here.
    Though what such things have to do with our club i do not know

  • lochinvar

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16


    No, no country cousins that I know of.

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #17

    You have to wonder if the Leighton Baines and
    Nicolas Tagliafico links are planted because
    Joe Bryan is stalling and hesitant about
    moving to the other end of England

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    They should get Darren Peacock on the job
    He was a Bristol boy that loved living in

  • nufc 11

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Why do we need another centre back are we planning on selling Lascelles? Dummet is left sided centre back who has been playing LB he is not a LB fact. We have him, Clark and lascelles we should use or money where its needed most which is a LB and an upgrade on Yedlin who like Dummet at LB are liabilities. Id go for Tammy Abraham, Yuary Poulsen, Joe Bryan at LB and a good strong RB, Bruno Fernandes as playmaker

  • Get up salmon

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Id be more than happy if they brought salomon rondon in. Hope they keep gayle though.

    Lad at work imran bischac is a Turkish expat and toon fan says he follows Turkish football still and theres a young player coming through that would be perfect for us hes an attacking mid but can play all over midfield hes call yusuf yazici future turkish legend as far as imrans concerned plays for some team with a b at the start lol cant pronounce nor spell it

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    does not begin with a “b”

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Didn’t Leif Erickson also have a smash hit in the 70’s with a cover of “Surfin’ USA”?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23

    Interesting list article on the most hated teams in the Premiership

    Here are the full set of results:

    Chelsea – 68.7%
    Man Utd – 68.1%
    Liverpool – 52.8%
    West Ham – 47.6%
    Arsenal – 46.2%
    Tottenham – 43.5%
    Man City – 38.7%
    Cardiff – 36.5%
    Crystal Palace – 29.7%
    Everton – 27.0%
    Watford – 24.0%
    Newcastle – 23.5%
    Wolves – 20.1%
    Leicester – 18.9%
    Southampton – 16.3%
    Brighton – 16.2%
    Fulham – 15.0%
    Burnley – 13.3%
    Bournemouth – 10.2%
    Huddersfield – 9.7%

    The report also revealed the clubs people love, and it was Burnley who came out on top.

    An average of 35.8% of fans said they loved the Clarets who were followed by Bournemouth (32.9%), Huddersfield (30.2%), Manchester City (28.3%), Newcastle (27.1%) and Fulham (also 27.1%).

  • L Toon

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #24

    New from Lee Ryder on NUFC recruitment:

    Rafa Benitez still wants to add FOUR new players to his squad before deadline day.

    It is understood that the Newcastle United boss has made his concerns crystal clear to managing director Lee Charnleyafter handing a wanted list to the hierarchy in the last few days.

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #25

    Leif Erickson played Big John Cannon
    in the High Chapparal

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Don’t believe this crap about instalments. Of course this is standard procedure but we should be receiving the instalments from Sissoko, Wjinalfum sales so it should balance out! This is so much bullshit. What happened to “ every penny…. “ ?
    If Rafa doesn’t get decent money it’s a disgrace! and what about the £124 million we are supposed to have received?
    Shocking state of affairs! Is Ashley lining up a sale of NUFC or lining his pockets?

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jul 31, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #27

    It would be nice if Rafa come out to the press and said he would like four new players rather the chronicle insinuate that he has said this

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    Surfin USA – Leif Garrett

  • Rowan

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #29


    Is there a list for most hated owners and managers?

    Think Ashley and Mourinho would win those respectively.

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #30

    Lovem or Hatem
    NUFC had a media day yesterday in
    their hotel in Portugal
    So he probably did come out and say it

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #31

    This is the only blog I’ve ever been interested in.

    It is excellent I think.


    Do all blogs have so many boring bastards
    queueing up to repeat the same shite all the time ?

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    @ Jib

    I want a video on the Chronicle website with Rafa saying it – not the chronicle implying that he has said it

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #33


    EXCLUDED – Mercato – LOSC: Thiago Maia soon on loan to Newcastle?

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #34

    He’s on SSN saying something
    The missus had it turned down

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #35

    Are we trying to get everyone on loan – it could be because Rafa is not going to be here next season

  • posada

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36


    Colback,Mbemba,Merino,Hadaira,Gamez,Mitro and Sels.
    7 players who between them only started 22 Premier League games for us last season.

    7 players off the wage bill and 44 Million banked in tranfer fees.
    You have to say things could not have gone better as far as ongoing players is concerned.
    Rafa and the club did not want them to stay.

    Actually things could get better if we shift Saviet and Lazaar as well.

  • Jib

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Lovem or Hatem
    We have
    Martin Dubravka
    Ki Sung-yueng
    Fabian Schar
    so far
    only one on loan

  • posada

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38


    Have to say there seems to be a trend. Many of our targets are :-

    1) In the last year of their deal.
    2) Have a buy out clause.
    3) Play for clubs keen to sell as they have gone down etc.

    Will that change in the last week.

    One 35M striker target is all it would take to light a fire under the club.
    As it has in the past.
    Will he ever get that. Less likely the more time that goes by.

  • Rowan

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #39

    Does anyone know if there’s an option to buy in the Kennedy loan deal?

    Haven’t heard of one – and sincerely doubt it anyway – but thought I’d ask… Would be amazing if there is.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 31, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #40

    just to put a contra argument, I would think every manager in the EPL are saying they want more players in and expressing a degree of dissatisfaction at the lack of them..

    I suspect that if Rafa gets another couple of players in he”ll be very happy with the window.

    Think he might be looking to use some of the youngsters a bit more as well to cover any deficiencies.


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