There are some clubs interested in at least two of our players who are available for transfer and who Rafa Benitez and Managing Director Lee Charnley will want to move out as soon as possible.
We should be seeing players moving in both directions in the next two weeks before our first Premier League game kicks off two weeks tomorrow against Spurs at St. James’ Park.
Le 10 Sport are reporting that Saint-Etienne is interested in signing Newcastle left-back Massadio Haidara who joined us four years ago last January from Nancy for around £2M.
Massadio Haidara in action for Magpies against the Saints in Premier League
Haidara doesn’t seem to have a future Newcastle and had suffered some injuries in his time at Newcastle but he still a very decent player.
And another French club Metz seems confident they can p[ersuade striker Emmanual Riviere to join them back in the French League.
Manu joined us from Monaco three years ago for £6M, but he just was never good enough for the Magpies – if truth be told.
This news comes in French newspaper L’Equipe after Turkish Super League club Osmanlispor had been in detailed negotiations to sign the 27-year-old striker and were said to be close to a deal.
So the hope would be Newcastle can transfer Manu and maybe recoup some of the 6M we paid out for him.
Rafa will get some fees for the outgoing transfers such as Riviere and Haiadara which the manager can then spend in this transfer window.
Also, we get their wages off the wage bill for the coming season which is just as important.
We’d like to see a few of our players moved out before the season starts two weeks tomorrow and if possible a couple of star players brought in too.
That’s not asking too much – is it?