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Newcastle January Target Available In The Summer

In the final few days of the January transfer window, Newcastle did a lot of work to bring in four or five players.

We only ended up with two – Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca – but it could be that deals have already been agreed or provisionally agreed to bring some of the other players to Newcastle in the summer.

One player we missed out on was 29-year-old Benfica’s Greek defensive midfielder Andreas Samaris, and Newcastle thought they had agreed to a loan deal for him for the rest of the season.

Samaris’ contract at the Portuguese powerhouse is up in the summer, and he will become a free agent.

Andreas Samaris – free agent in the summer

Rafa has been keen on the player for 18 months, and he could become one of Rafa’s cheap (bargain?) buys this summer.

The Record is reporting that at the last moment Samaris had doubts about the deal because the offer from Newcastle had lots of incentives and conditions in it.

The Newcastle offer was a  six-month deal that had clauses in that would make the deal longer if he played well and in enough games.

Samaris and his agent soured on the deal on the final day of the transfer window.

Isaac Hayden will leave the club in the summer, and Rafa needs another defensive midfielder to replace him.

But maybe a younger player would be a better option for the club – but more expensive.

Rafa would also like to retain Mo Diame, but the Newcastle hierarchy may resist that because of his age – he turns 32 in June.

Such are the problems Rafa has at Newcastle under owner Mike Ashley.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Feb 18, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Good that Lascelles apologized, not only because it was a foul. As captain, you put your arm around a fellow player.

    Hope they all come back ready for the business end. Ed, can’t see us getting seven wins. But, if we win one of our next two games we should be alright to fight another year.

  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    jail re:# 197… your comment about being the monkey …

    that had now to do with jib it was all my own doing no offence taken …

    just remember dont feed the frog …

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    3/4 wins and the same amount of draws should see us safe. I’m confident we’ll be able to stay up this year.

    Next year is a total lottery dependent upon who we sign and who the manager is.


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