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.