Two days ago Newcastle were linked with Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks, and the news was that Rafa was interested in bringing the 26-year-old to Newcastle.
The manager wants to bring in a right-back this summer to challenge DeAndre Yedlin for the right back starting position next season and hence the reported interest in the Hammersmith-born player.
But it looks like he wants to stay in London and the Mail are reporting it’s almost certain he will sign for West Ham United.
He is a free agent this summer, so the price was decent, but we wonder if Newcastle were really after the player?
Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks celebrating promotion last Saturday
He started his career at his hometown club Tottenham Hotspur and eventually moved to Bristol City before joining the Cottagers on a three year deal in the summer of 2015.
Now look for any right-back who becomes available this summer to be linked with Newcastle even if we have no interest.
Newcastle got off to a good start in the transfer window on Wednesday when we signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for just £4M from Sparta Prague.
Rafa is said to want five more players brought in this summer – a right back, a center-back, a central midfielder, a winger, and a striker.
One down and five to go – but Fredericks will not be coming to Newcastle.