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Rafa Benitez Reported After New Goalscoring Midfield Target

There’s a report from London today from journalist Hugh Southon who runs the Claret&Hugh web-site – that says that January signing Robert Snodgrass is available for transfer this summer and Rafa Benitez is reported to be interested in signing him.

Probably the very first target we were linked with last January was Robert Snodgrass, who was leaving Hull but he was signed eventually  by West Ham in January for £10.2M which seemed a high price for the 29 year-old at the time.

But Snodgrass is a good goal-scoring winger and it seems Rafa was keen on signing him in January and if this report is to be believed he is now willing to sign him for a reduced fee of £8M this summer.

29 year-old Scottish International winger Robert Snodgrass

Robert played 15 times for the Hammers this year without scoring a goal, but he didn’t seem to fit in and for £8M he would be a very decent buy given today’s inflated transfer prices.

And he’s exactly what Rafa is looking for – a winger who can score goals and run at the opposing defenses and has Premier League experience.

And with his failure at West Ham, Robert will be motivated to prove himself at Newcastle if we do sign him – and with Rafa’s coaching he could do very well on Tyneside and score some goals for us.

And it’s not the first time Newcastle have been linked with this player.

It was six years ago that Newcastle were first said to be interested in signing Snodgrass, so we’ve been interested in the player for a while now and the fact he’s 29 means nothing now that  Rafa is free to choose the players he wants.

Snodgrass was one of Hull’s best players in the Premier League in the first part of last season and he scored 9 goals in 24 appearances and while he was there since 2014, he scored 15 goals in 56 total appearances for the Tigers.

While at Leeds from 2008 to 2012 he scored 41 goals in 193 appearances and while Norwich for a couple of years from 2012 he scored 14 goals in 56 appearances for the Canaries.

Robert Snodgrass would be a decent signing for Newcastle, especially if we can get him  for £8M or even less.

Robert has made 103 total Premier League appearances for Norwich, Hull and West Ham in his career so as we mentioned earlier he also has Premier League experience.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • nightfa11

    Jun 9, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #1

    We might as well keep goufrann.. What is this anyway? We need top quality, not squad players.. We already have 20 of them..

  • wynsleap

    Jun 9, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes – we’ve had the quality ‘nearly’ signings. Now we are starting to talk about the dross.
    Pretty typical

  • nightfa11

    Jun 9, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s a player we’ll be looking to get off our wage bill next summer..


    Jun 9, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    I mean we aren’t actually after him

  • corkypants

    Jun 9, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #5

    If he was for championship fair enough but I don’t fancy him in the prem we could do way better

  • firebug666

    Jun 9, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle United has published its list of retained players following the 2016/17 season.

    The club has confirmed that Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Lubo Satka and Haris Vuckic will all leave St. James’ Park when their contracts expire this summer.

    Florian Thauvin has completed a permanent move to Marseille following a loan spell at the Orange Vélodrome.

    Youngsters Jamie Holmes, Stefan Broccoli and Ben Smith will also depart, along with Academy players Gideon Adu-Peprah and Daniel Lowther.

    Meanwhile, the club has offered new professional contracts to midfielders Sean Longstaff, Dan Ward and Jack Hunter, goalkeeper Paul Woolston, defender Michael Newberry and forwards Tom Heardman and Luke Charman.

    Scholars Yannick Aziakonou, Owen Bailey, Owen Gallacher, Nathan Harker, Mackenzie Heaney, Ben Kitchen, Oliver Long, Lewis McNall, Callum Smith, Craig Spooner have also been offered new deals.

    Joining the Academy on two-year scholarships are Max Allen, Ryan Barrett, Thomas Cole, Sam Joyce, Deese Kasinga Madia and Jack Young.

    The club has opened discussions with Yoan Gouffran’s representatives, which may see the Frenchman extend his stay at St. James’ Park.

    Manager Rafa Benítez said: “I wish to give sincere thanks to all those players from the first team and at under-23 level who we have made the difficult decision to release this summer.

    “In particular to Vurnon Anita, who has served Newcastle United magnificently over the last five years. Vurnon is an outstanding team-player, always working for the team and willing to step into whatever position he was needed to fill. He is an excellent professional and I thank him for every contribution he has made over the years, particularly in my time as manager.

    “Yoan Gouffran has been an equally committed and dedicated team-player for this club, as well as a hugely popular member of the squad.

    “I can confirm we are in early stage discussions now with Yoan’s agent to see if there might be a solution that could work for both the player and the club which may see Yoan extend his service to Newcastle United, but we will know more in the coming days.

    “Thanks also to Sammy Ameobi, who came back in January and made a contribution to the second half of the season. He was always so positive and did everything he could to help the team achieve success.

    “To all those players released by the club today, we wish to thank you for your loyalty and commitment and wish you the very best for your future in football. I say to them all, keep working hard and you will find the success that you seek and deserve.”

  • wynsleap

    Jun 9, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    No mention of Riviere, De Jong, Saivet and one/two goalkeepers.
    No mention of Colback either although it was said we were putting him up for sale. This isn’t the final definitive list is it?


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