Henri Saivet, Rolando Aarons, and Achraf Lazaar did not receive squad numbers this summer, and it looks like the three of them will not be at Newcastle when September rolls around.
Saivet has been negotiating with Turkish club Bursaspor for a while now, and a loan move could be in the offing and announced in the next day or two.
Henri was brought in 31 months ago from Bordeaux when Steve McClaren was still the manager but has only played 6 times for the first team.
You cannot call him a good buy at around £5M.
Rolando Aarons – didn’t work out after a promising beginning
Rolando Aarons has been offered to a host of Championship clubs, and we would expect the 22-year-old to get some decent offers soon and could leave permanently before the end of this month.
Rolando has never reached the heights of his potential after he first came into the first team three years ago.
He’s been severely handicapped by several serious injuries.
He played 27 times with 4 goals for Newcastle.
Finally, Achraf Lazaar was a Benitez signing of two years ago from Palermo, and it just hasn’t worked out for the left-sided player.
We expect Achraf, who played only 10 times for the first team, to also leave this summer.
If we can get these players off the wage bill, we will have moved out 14 players and brought in 7 players.
There’s been a lot of transfer activity again this summer with Rafa continuing to change the look of his first-team squad.
If only Mike Ashley would give him some money to Rafa to bring in some really classy players.
Here’s how we stand at the moment with transfers – we can’t bring any new players in now – except for free agents.
|Ki Sung-yueng||Free agent||Swansea|
|Martin Dubravka||£4.0M||Sparta Prague|
|Salomon Rondon||Season loan||West Brom|
|Transfer Fees paid out||£22.5M|
|Mikel Merino||£10.0M||Real Sociedad|
|Jack Colback||Season loan||Nottingham Forest|
|Dwight Gayle||Season loan||West Brom|
|Henri Saivet||Season loan||Bursaspor|
|Transfer Fees into club||£43.0M|
|Net Spend||-£20.5M (profit)|