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Newcastle Finding Things Tough In The Summer Transfer Market

Newcastle seem to be having a little bit of trouble getting some of our transfer targets through the door early in the summer, but of course there’s still plenty of time and the transfer market doesn’t open for business officially until July 1st although deals can be agreed now.

But there was news yesterday on two fronts that were disappointing to Geordie fans.

First of all striker target Tammy Abraham of Chelsea was interviewed and he seemed to be a long way from committing to either Brighton or Newcastle for a season  loan and in fact he seemed to be waiting for other offers coming in later this summer.

26 year-old Tom Cairney of Fulham

Tammy  is off with the England U21 side to play in the European Championship in Poland and will not be doing any negotiating on his future until the tournament ends at the end of June.

The surprise comments made by Tammy Abraham seemed to suggest he is nowhere near signing on loan for either Newcastle United or Brighton & Hove Albion:

“I’m not sure what I’m doing next season – if I’m coming back, going elsewhere on loan or staying at Chelsea,” said the England Under-21 international. “I haven’t decided yet.

“You have to stay open and things may come at different times, but I have to dream big and that’s what I’m going to be doing.”

The other bad news came from Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic, who said he has every confidence that he can hold onto his star player, 26 year-old Tom Cairney this summer, so he can help Fulham in their promotion drive for next season.

The Serbian manager also said Newcastle had bid £20M for the Scottish international in January, but that the Craven Cottage club had turned down the offer:

“Benitez asked for him and they offered £20M in January, but we did not let him go,” “He is not for Newcastle, there is no business there.”  “He fits in at Fulham.”

“When the team has problems, the ball always goes to him and he keeps it.”

We are said to be close to signing Eibar center-back Florian Lejeune.

But another of our major targets – Nicolas Pepe from French club Angers SCO – who had an excellent second half of the season and made the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon in January may be moving to Lille this week.

We were said to have bid for the player back in January, so it will be a bit of a surprise if he ends up at Lille with reports saying Newcastle are still interested in signing the 22 year-old Ivory Coast International winger.

And we missed out on 23 year-old Sporting Lisbon center-back Ruben Semedo who at almost the last minute decided to sign for Spanish club Villareal.

So Newcastle haven’t had much luck yet, but there are still 20 days to go before pre-season starts on July 3rd and Rafa would like most of the eight players he wants to sign this summer through the door by then.

That’s going to be a challenge for Rafa and Managing Director Lee Charnley.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #1

    Can see this going pear shaped to be honest with myself we all love rafa well most of us but has he got the pull for the players wanting to play for him ,our is it where to far from Londons bright lights.

  • chicousa

    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Cairney may have to help matters along if he wants to play Premier League football. Needs to put in a transfer request and hopefully wants to play for NUFC. But with this Chinese deal in the air things may not happen in a timely way.


    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #3

    I think a lot of players like cairney will hold out to see if the clubs can make a deal then if they dont they may well put transfer request in…..lets face it,if they put a transfer request in they stand to lose a lot of money in signing on fees….so its in there interest to let the clubs try and haggle it out…..until it gets to a stalemate or end of transfer window….could be why there’s not a lot happening transfers wise at the minute….dont be surprised if cairney moves for a canny fee somewhere or he puts a transfer request in near the end of the window….same with a lot of players tbh.

  • chicousa

    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #4

    True about possibly losing signing on fees. But any money a player loses from his current club would like be made up by an enhanced contract and signing on fees at the new club. In any case I would hope we don’t have to wait until the end of the window at end of August to get players in.

  • hibbit

    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    From Sky

    Hull City have received bids for Harry Maguire and Andrew Robertson, Sky sources understand.

    Both players are close to completing deals to leave the club.

    Maguire scored three times in 36 appearances for the Tigers last season having broken into the first team after joining from Sheffield United for £2.5m.

    Robertson also enjoyed an impressive season despite Hull’s relegation, playing 40 times for Hull and earning four Scotland appearances.

    Like Maguire, Robertson arrived at the KCOM Stadium in July 2014, joining from Dundee United for £2.9m.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle are finding it tough because we will not stump up the readies to move deals forward.


    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #7

    So in a January where we wouldnt pay a million for a PL player we offered 20 for a lad whose never played there? Not sure the Fulham owners have told Jokanovic the truth there have they

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 13, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Still nearly three weeks left before pre-season:-

    “Monday, 3rd July
    Newcastle United report back for pre-season training”

  • lochinvar

    Jun 13, 2017 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #9

    does anyone publish a list of all ( at least Premier league ) club signings or outgoings so far ?
    I doubt it amounts to much volume so we are not alone

  • giimps

    Jun 13, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #10

    We can offer what we like for players, its up to the player and the club holding their registrations whether they want to come.
    Hippoheed said after the window he didnt want Toonsend to leave, Likewise for Cairney and Jokanovic…..just because we want them dont mean theyre available to buy…….some teams and owners wont sell just because there is a profit to be made…….i wonder if scumberland are regretting getting rid of their 2nd top goalscorer in Van Arnolt…….ihope so


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