The Independent has listed the winners and losers in the January transfer window which closed last night at 11:00 pm.
Newcastle awoke from their slumbers in the last few days of the window to buy Miguel Almiron for £20.5M – who was Rafa’s number one target last month.
We also finally brought in a decent left-back who will challenge Paul Dummett for the starting position.
Antonio Barreca looks the part and the 23-year-old Italian U21 International can be signed in the summer – there’s an option to buy clause in his contract.
We missed out yesterday on 29-year-old holding midfielder Andreas Samaris of Benfica and 24-year-old Nantes left-winger Anthony Limbombe, but Jacob Murphy was still allowed to join West Brom on loan.
Rafa Benitez – got two good players through the door
Getting Limbombe in would have been good but there were reported to be complications with his agent Mogi Bayat,
This what the Independent has written about Rafa:
Another man that is likely very thankful right now is the Newcastle manager, who finally had some money to play with and play with it he did.
His ultimatums, threatening to quit if he did not have two or three players, were heeded.
Deadline day came bearing gifts for both Benitez and the Newcastle fans with not one but two signings.
With this happening, Newcastle finally broke their long-standing transfer record – 14 years to be exact – for playmaker Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United.
Monaco left-back Antonio Barreca also joined on loan to cap a good window for the Toon.
Rafa’s press conference today for the tough game at Wembley against Tottenham tomorrow afternoon should be interesting.
We don’t know if this is enough to persuade Rafa to sign a new deal and stay at Newcastle with Mike Ashley still the owner.
What do you think?