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This Is Newcastle Big Chronic Problem In The Transfer Market

As we reported earlier today Rafa Benitez is frustrated at the lack of progress made in the summer transfer window and wants players signed this week so they are at the club for the start of preseason a week tomorrow.

There have been reports he could even leave if players are not signed, but we think that’s way over the top – but Charnley and Ashley must support the manager – with Rafa not one to be messed around.

We wouldn’t put it past Rafa if he has a direct line to Mike Ashley if he really is frustrated – and if he calls Mike that should scare the living daylights out of the owner.

Newcastle’ transfer duo – Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez

The very last thing anybody wants to see is Rafa leave or even Rafa be unhappy at Newcastle United – he’s our future and everybody knows that.

The transfer of Florian Lejeune has been bogged down far too long now and it’s a history we have that we somehow find it very difficult to get transfers done simply and quickly.

We just hope we are not bartering on the very small things which are holding up the deals.

Rafa wants to see results – and so far they are not there in this transfer window.

It seems the delays are because Newcastle want to get good bargains on both players coming in and players leaving – like Matz Sels to Anderlecht on loan.

But we have been guilty of overdoing that in the past and we may be guilty of that this summer, since Lee Charnley has always been involved in the transfer business at Newcastle for at least the last ten years.

There’s nothing wrong with trying to get good bargains – nothing at all – but it should not stand in the way of signing players and that seems to have been what’s happened this summer.

Remember we missed out on getting Dele Alli to Newcastle two and a half years ago when we had a £5M deal all  agreed  with MK Dons, but we wouldn’t pay his agent the amount he wanted – and the rest is history.

Deli Alli is now a Tottenham and England sensation and how much is he worth in the transfer market now?

You always have to look at the big picture – and I’ll say no more – otherwise I’ll start to cry.


Rafa is said to be arriving back at Newcastle in the next day or two and he will talk with Lee Charnley about the transfer stuff.

This all needs to be sorted out quickly.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Bianconeri

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    The worrying thing for me regarding Lejeune is paying in installments,if true.Does this mean Raffa doesn’t have a lot of money,till premier league money becomes available.Or is Harry Hill being a tight arse again.

  • Levi

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    if rafa was going we wouldn’t of just got rid of graham carr

  • Levi

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #3

    also fulham said we bid 20m or cairney. money must be availible

  • expatmag

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Like shyte did we bid 20 million for Cairney. Absolute vollox trying to drive his price up.

    Just you watch…..he will be sold to someone like Palace for 7 million on 31st August

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Has Rafa been on holiday?

  • Tinman

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Scaremongering. Rafa isn’t going anywhere just yet. The signings will come

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t light the beacons and torches just yet. No evidence for any of this ‘unrest’, it’s a natural storm generated by the media – of course concern over signings will build until there are a decent couple of confirmed bits of business. No direct quotes just lots of murmurings. There is still time.

  • hibbit

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    as always what the press /media don;t know they make up

  • Bambams

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    I would just like to clarify.

    I never suggested my mate said Rafa was leaving. Just all was not well and it was not a happy ship.

    Cheers boys

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Mountains made out of mole hills.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 25, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone watch the Foos at Glastonbury last night… F@cking awesome

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 25, 2017 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    For me sadly the most underwhelming Glasto ever. When you think of the Neil Diamond, Lionel Ritchie and Coldplay sets of previous years, this time round has been a massive borefest of dirgey drivel. Don’t know who is still left to play today though.

    Coming back to transfers I don’t know why people are suprised. Our admin history shows we are operating with people who continually (allegedly) screwed up deals for the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, PEA and countless others, over marginal amounts and short sightedness, while handing out 6 year contracts for the likes of Riviere etc. Until Ash finally leaves the building just can’t ever see that changing.

  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Jun 25, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13


    Loving your work mate. Hoping you’re fighting strong with your health. I live in Melbourne AUS and check this every night before bed, every morning and usually a quick glance with most meals.

    If the NSA checked my history they’d be bored shiteless between this blog and a few mysanthropic documentaries.

    If we don’t sign someone (anyone!!) by Wednesday morning I could implode.

    Ps. I’ve played National level here in Australia. I will play for a free jersey. Tell Rafa I’m ready to fly. We can have our first real fresh(ish) faced signing. Obviously keep the jersey ‘undisclosed’ so MA can write it off his tax somehow.

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jun 25, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Too many distraction – HMRC, TakeOver, outgoings – means that the real work of getting players ‘over the line’ is not happening.
    Yes training doesn’t start till 3rd July – but any one changing jobs is going to need a least a couple of weeks settle. Stinks of wheeler dealing by those at the top and will no doubt impact on the start we have – an easy one, and we could actually throw away any advantage by gelling a team in games we should be winning.

    As for the Foos – just don’t get them at all – watched and cant see the attraction

  • James RS

    Jun 25, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #15

    I detect a bit of the old transfer problems (e.g.) Dele Ali and Eric Dier. Penny pinching and a relegation struggle ahead.


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