Newcastle have so far signed Martin Dubravka, Ki Sung-yueng, Robert Kenedy, Fabian Schar, Yoshi Muto and Salomon Rondon – six players – and the club will do well to add to that number in the remaining 5 hours of the transfer window.
The window has shown just how pathetic and cumbersome a Mike Ashley run Newcastle are with the owner again refusing to dish out the money and in net terms, the club are making over £26M in profit so far.
So much for Mike Ashley giving Rafa Benitez every last penny the club generates.
Newcastle are trying to get 22-year-old Marlon Santos on loan although Barcelona would prefer a straight deal of around £10M, but Ashley will not pay that much for a player who is probably just a temporary replacement this season for the injured Florian Lejeune.
22-year-old Marlon Santos – best bet to arrive on loan today
It looks like if Santos can get a work permit today the deal could go through as a season-long loan deal for around €2M.
Swansea City came back to Newcastle and have said center-back Federico Fernandez is not available on loan, and they want £10M for a permanent deal – that’s just happened this morning, so he’s not coming to Newcastle.
Mike Ashley will not pay £10M for a 29-year-old because he has no sell-on value – and we get over £120M each season from the Premier League, and he’s worried about sell-on value.
We don’t know which left-back Newcastle are going after since their failure to get 19-year-old PSG Frenchman Stanley N’Soki didn’t want to come to the Premier League so early in his career.
And it looks like Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan is off to Fulham for £6M – with the fee being too high for us.
Striker Danny Ings of Liverpool may come in today, but we cannot see that happening although we could do with another striker in the squad.
With it being so late with only a few hours left, it is not looking particularly encouraging, and any slight hitch in any of the deals Newcastle may be working on will mean they cannot go through.
Mike Ashley must leave this club before Rafa goes next summer.