It seems Rafa will be able to sign one of his top targets this month and we expect Jordan Lukaku, who is the younger brother of Manchester United’s Romelu, to take his medical tomorrow and all being well will sign along the bottom line.
Depending on how he is the 24-year-old left-back could even appear for Newcastle in the FA Cup 4th round tie against Watford at home on Saturday.
Rafa also wants a winger and a striker brought in – at least.
But there is news from Spain (El Mundo Deportivo) that Rafa was after Sevilla holding midfielder Ibrahim Amadou on a loan deal.
That’s probably so Newcastle could allow Isaac Hayden to leave the club this month.
24-year-old holding midfielder Ibrahim Amadou
Fulham were also interested in Amadou who is short of first-team games this season.
But while it’s not yet certain, it seems the player wants to stay at Sevilla and fight for his place in the side, but Rafa has excellent persuasive powers when he needs them.
Amadou only signed for the Spanish club from Lille last summer in a £9M transfer on a four-year deal and is having trouble settling in Spain.
The report also says that Sevilla are likely to keep him at the club for the rest of this season.
The player was born in Douala, Cameroon and moved to France at the young age of 4 and lived in Colombo, where he started to play for the local club AS Cheminots de l’Ouest.
He moved to Nancy in 2008 before moving to Lille in 2015.
There’s also a report from Football Insider that Jacob Murphy may be on his way on loan to West Brom, where Dwight Gayle is on loan for the season.
Murphy has struggled since we signed him from Norwich City 18 months ago for £12M and he could be up for sale this summer.
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