There are now just two full days left in this transfer window after we signed Salomon Rondon yesterday but lost Dwight Gayle in a loan swap deal between West Brom and Newcastle.
So the number of strikers we have did not increase with Rafa wanting to keep Dwight at the club while he has watched Newcastle try to sign Salomon Rondon since May.
L’Equipe are reporting that Newcastle have ‘intensified’ their efforts to sign 6ft 5ins Toulouse central defender Christopher Jullien – as reported by Get French Football News.
Newcastle want to sign Toulouse center-back Christopher Jullien
Here the Get French Football News tweet:
Breaking | Newcastle United have in recent hours intensified contacts with Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien – a bid is expected imminently. More follows. (L'Éq)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 6, 2018
We were linked with the defender in the last couple of weeks, and Rafa needs to bring in another center-back to cover for the injured Florian Lejeune.
L’Equipe report that Rafa is lining up a £9M bid for the center-back – but it all seems very late for Newcastle to have a high chance of success.
But maybe when their backs are against the wall – because of their own intransigence and incompetence this summer – Lee Charnley, Mike Ashley, and company can move quickly to get the job done.
We need a center-back otherwise we will be short of central defenders if there are more injuries.
We hope Newcastle can get the 6ft 5ins defender through the door before Thursday night at 5:00pm.
But they cannot argue too much about the terms and transfer fee – as they usually do – because then it will never happen.