The Chronicle are reporting today the one position Rafa wants to be strengthened as soon as possible is the striker position.
We bid £20M for Alassane Plea of Nice last week and it was turned down.
The reports were that we would go back in with an increased bid but it looks like we got cold feet and the second bid has yet to be tabled.
Tottenham are now in the race for the striker who wanted to join Rafa at Newcastle but we may have messed this one up.
And we are supposed to have gone back in for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon who would be cheaper than Plea at around £16.5M.
But at least on the outside, this looks like Newcastle are the same old Newcastle – slow and cumbersome without any real ambition.
Rafa Benitez – when will they ever learn?
And if it’s not this way then Lee Charnley should come out and say what’s really going on without naming the targets.
Once the Magpies’ transfer fee is not accepted they (Mike Ashley?) seem very unwilling to raise their bid by a few million to get their man.
You can never accuse Newcastle of being like the FBI – they hardly ever get their man.
And it will take a new owner for Newcastle to really change the way we do business.
But Rafa by his strength of personality and know-how is doing his very best to literally drag Newcastle (shouting and screaming) back into the big time of world club football.
But it shouldn’t be this difficult for our world-class manager – he should be getting much more help from the Newcastle hierarchy – not continuous pushback.
Newcastle will leave for Ireland on Wednesday for their training camp near Dublin and Rafa is hoping to get one (Kenedy) and maybe two (Rondon) signed up by then.
Newcastle will have to move fast to get their men – so it probably won’t happen.
Sorry to be so negative but realistic.
Better things may lie ahead.