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Rafa Reveals Newcastle Close To New Players Arriving

Spanish manager Rafa Benitez has said Newcastle are now close to bringing some new players into the club, but until the deals are closed you never really know.

Rafa has been after at least a winger and a striker but has not been successful over the last couple of weeks.

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Rafa Benitez – close to some new players coming in

Also the deal to bring in Brendan Galloway on loan for the season keeps getting delayed, although the club is still hopeful of getting the youngster in.

This is what Rafa has said about the status of Newcastle’s late transfer push:

“We are quite close to some players, but you never know until you finalize the deals,”  “You can talk and everything is agreed, but something can change at the last minute.

“We are trying to bring in players and find solutions for some players.” Newcastle hope to complete their business in advance of transfer deadline day on August 31. Benitez added:

“We don’t want to do it in the last day or the last minute. We want to do it before. We are trying to do that.” 

Rafa is also in the process of allowing some players to leave the club and they include Siem de Jong who should tie up a loan deal to PSV this weekend.

This is what Rafa added about the Dutchman and the size of the squad he wants:

“We’ve spoken to Siem De Jong and this is an opportunity to play regularly in Holland.”

“If everything is right it’s an opportunity. We are talking about other players.”

“I don’t like to have a big squad, like 31 or 32, it’s too much.”

With only 11 days to go we will see new players come in and some will leave also as Rafa adjusts the size of the squad he wants.

Sounds good to us.

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11 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Aug 20, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to see some semblance of order on the blog after our win on wednesday…only 4 points behind the leaders now and positive we’ll make good solid progress from here on in.

    I predict a draw today and by the end of September well be in the top three

  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #2

    So by next weekend, then. That’s when Rafa will have the makings of the team he hopes will have us near the top of the league by January.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 20, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Sounds like SDJ is living off memory if he thinks he’s deserving of CL football, that Chronic article makes Sissoko look grounded. If we sell him I think payment will be made in one go but they can have the player in instalments. 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 20, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4


    SDJ has never been available. can’t really miss what you never had in the continued vain hope he one day will get fit. As for sissoko, more than enough said.


    The ”clod Colback” was picked by Pardew, carver and McLaren and would have been picked by Hodgson. Hardly a ringing endorsement. Rafa had the cojones to drop him and we instantly looked more creative and weren’t giving away daft fouls repeatedly.

  • sparky55

    Aug 20, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    I would imagine the clod will be fully utilised today to press and close down away from home.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 20, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #6

    Colback and Dummet are important squad members, nothing more nothing less. The beauty of having a manager who is not here from desperation is that he has demanded competition for places. Munster said that Pardew and McLaren did not have that luxury and berated me for saying they signed up knowing this. He then told me that of course Pardew wanted more players, he most definitely did but he signed an eight year contract after being hung out to dry in the summer. He sat at a table and discussed the ‘purple’ policy and the clubs ambition of cups and tenth and put pen to paper. Can you blame him?, maybe not, but you can’t give him any sympathy either or cut him slack for not having the same amount of competition of places that Rafa now has at his disposal. He was double manager of the year, he could have gone to any mid to low level PL club, he was in prime position to demand changes but he instead took the money and helped lay the foundations for our eventual relegation.

  • Mag52

    Aug 20, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Sad to see De Jong go, but certainly the right move from our point of view.
    Any team prepared to take him on with his recent injury history cannot surely have been following the plot too carefully ?

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 20, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    …My point being that he has been consistently selected by professional football people, who work day in day out with football squads. We don’t. His contribution seems to be valued more by them than most posters on this blog.
    He divides opinion, like one or two others in our squad. He has his limits, and he performs better under certain conditions. He played well with Shelvey initially. I thought he and Abeid dovetailed well.
    I think he carries a lot of undeserved stick for the team’s creative failings as a whole, when really that’s not his main role.
    I think of him as more in the Makelele, Barry,mLucas type role…

  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Jesus Gamez who has yet to kick a ball in the Championship has injury/fitness issues and still has not made the Bristol away squad.


  • jimmysmith

    Aug 20, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Rotunda, yeah, but you can’t let them both go without replacing one of them with a player to compete with Perez, and there’s no point signing someone who can’t slot straight in, and that player won’t be easy to persuade to join or come cheap. So it’s not quite as easy as saying let them go, and so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

  • Mag52

    Aug 20, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #11


    Benitez is in a completely different position to any other manager Ashley has employed. The relegation has forced MA to face reality and accept that the way the club has been run for so long simply won’t work.
    Hughton, Pardew, McClaren had no chance to show what they might have done under Rafa’s terms of employment. It’s quite possible they would all have failed miserably, but we’ll never know.
    Under the old model, relegation was always going to happen sooner or later.Under the new one, hopefully promotion and a brighter future.


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