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Disappointing News With Limited Progress Made In Transfer Market

It looks like when preseason starts on Monday we will have at most one new player though the door in addition to the already signed Christian Atsu.

The news this morning is as it’s been for the last 16 days – that we are a day or two from closing the deal for Florian Lejeune from Eibar.

Yes – this is getting just a little bit boring with not much happening.

We suppose the deal is being held up because Newcastle don’t want to pay the full £8.7M fee up front which is our usual practice.

Rafa Benitez – very slow progress made by Newcastle

With Newcastle being down below for a year we are at a disadvantage compared with even the lower level Premier League clubs from a financial viewpoint, with PL clubs getting at least £100M from the PL this month.

We received around £40M from the Premier League from a parachute payment this month and £7.1M from the Championship, so that means we got over £50M less than the lowest paid PL clubs for last season.

Newcastle are probably trying to make the money span out this summer, with Rafa wanting up to eight new first teamers brought in.

Rafa is disappointed at the slow progress at Newcastle and the fact that we have missed out on a number of our targets already and he was hoping for more signings by now.

Last season at this time we had managed to bring in Matz Sels from Gent and he was quickly followed by Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth and Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace, who were both on board in the first day or two of preseason training.

So we have to hope there are more deals being worked on than just the season-long loan deal for 20 year-old winger Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, in addition to trying to sign Florian Lejeune for almost three weeks.


It’s disappointing but we also have to try to be a bit patent we suppose.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #1

    “Antonio Conte frustrated over Chelsea transfers”

    So Rafa isn’t alone!

  • spidermag

    Jun 30, 2017 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #2

    We see daily how we’ve failed again or we’ve missed out on one of our targets blah blah.
    But at what point has Newcastle United actually said we are targeting this player or that. Bearing in mind we have been linked this season alone to in excess of 100 players.
    It will be great to see players start coming in for sure but let’s get the right ones that want to play for Newcastle.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 30, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Ron knee

    Gonna be a lot of frustrated fans on here come Monday mate as well I think.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #4


    I think the frustration comes from the fact we have so much catching up to do. Our team needs a major overhaul – unlike Chelsea’s!

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 30, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Spot on!
    I understand some fans’ frustrations, but lots of people seem to have a very odd ‘painting by numbers’ attitude to signing players. If the right player isn’t available, it’s folly to sign just anyone for the sake of it! No panic buys, more fools hanging around the dressing room like eggy farts!

    How about a face-palm button, ideal for responding to such posts?

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 30, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #6


    “it’s folly to sign just anyone for the sake of it”

    I think I’d rather have a mediocre PL player like Dummett – obeying Rafa’s instructions – than some third-choice with no PL experience.

  • hibbit

    Jun 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #7

    its definitely going to be a difficult few days but i’m sure we will see some transfers in over the next 3/4 days how many is anybody’s guess

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 30, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Exactly! Of course ideally we will sign top quality players, but in the real world it’s a fight to get good quality, fit, experienced players for an affordable price. They will have offers from other established top flight sides across the world. We have many people to convince this season. Not least ourselves!

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 30, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafa deserves a quality side to go to war with. I really hope we go all out this summer to provide that. I wouldn’t mind betting the regime fall short by about 3 players like every season since Ashley took over though.
    It very much sounds like Lejeune is the only one lined up at this point in time.

  • nufc 11

    Jun 30, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #10

    It doesn’t help the mood of the fans when the media are saying nufc miss top target again and again I doubt were in for half these supposed targets click bait is driving the negative feeling I’m sure rafa will get the right players in.

  • melives

    Jun 30, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Firstly I have followed very carefully the various comments about with whom we have been linked over the last 4-5 weeks – I have never even heard of half these players and I am very sure that the vast majority have been made up by the press with very little to write on the football front at the moment

    Secondly the transfer window only officially opens on July 1 – TOMORROW!

    Many of the so called disappointing failures I am sure were not high on Raffa’s list if on there at all

    What do we really need to give us a squad capable of initially holding our own in the Premiership – given that outside of the top 7 or 8 sides are nothing special given what I saw last season – I would suggest we need a minimum of :-

    1 additional solid and experienced Centre Back – 1 quality Left Back – 1 additional Right Back – 1 additional Creative Midfield Player – 1 good Holding Midfield Player – 1 additional proven Striker – add these to the likes of Gayle – Mitrovitch – Perez – Shelvy -Clarke – Lascalles – Hayden – Ritchie – Atsu – our 2 current full backs and 3 goalkeepers all of whom are more than half decent – then we have a squad capable of re establishing us in the premiership
    I believe one of the holdups in progressing what Raffa has in mind is not the cost of transfers but getting around 6 or 7 expensive dross off the wage bill to enable us to offer acceptable personal terms to the quality players we need – maybe one route would be to use some of the reported £120m transfer budget to buy out some contracts – If we keep our expectations realistic then I think we will be fine next season and establish a base for real progress in the future – maybe we will get lucky and get bought out by some rich Chinese/Arab consortium who will invest heavily in the sleeping giant.

  • JohnJ

    Jun 30, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #12

    I mentioned this in another post yesterday that apart from Brighton who have signed 3 players all the other teams in the PL have signed either zero one or two players with Everton leading the way in terms of high value buys this web site gives the present picture:- http://www.skysports.com/football/transfer-deals So I don’t believe we NUFC are much worse off than the majority of other teams apart from the fact as mentioned elsewhere on this page we are starting from a different level to the established teams who also have the benefit of additional income. However I have trust in Rafa so it’s too soon to press the panic buton yet!

  • jga81

    Jun 30, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Misleading headlines everyday on here just as bad as the chronicle


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