TEAMtalk are reporting in an exclusive today that Rafa Benitez is going to make some big changes in the summer and he’s planning a triple swoop with West Brom.
We currently have both Dwight Gayle and Jacob Murphy on loan at the Championship club
The proposed deal is to allow the two loanees to make their moves permanent, but in exchange for three Baggies players – Salomon Rondon, Jake Livermore, and Kieron Gibbs.
There would be money paid from Newcastle we assume along with Gayle and Murphy.
The deal would only happen if West Brom fail to get promoted.
Currently, the Baggies are in 4th place on 70 points and 7 points behind second-placed Sheffield United and automatic promotion – and only six games to play.
West Brom would have to get promoted via the playoffs.
Jake Livermore in action against Newcastle last season
Newcastle must somehow get Salomon Rondon signed permanently this summer if Rafa is to sign an extended contract to stay at Newcastle.
One problem with the swap deal is the form of Jacob Murphy and while the Baggies are keen to sign Dwight Gayle – the same cannot be said for Jacob.
Gayle has scored 17 Championship goals for West Brom this season but Murphy hasn’t played that well while on loan.
In fact, he’s been a bit of flop since he was signed for around £12M almost two years ago from Norwich City.
Rafa has wanted a left back in to challenge Paul Dummett for some time now and the 29-year-old England International Gibbs would do that.
And 29-year-old Livermore can give us some central midfield expertise with perhaps three central midfield players – Hayden, Diame, and Shelvey – all leaving the Magpies this summer.
So it sounds a decent deal for Newcastle but we’d be surprised if Murphy is included in any deal.
And if West Brom are promoted it’s a non-starter.
And all three West Brom players are 29-years-old and maybe that’s the answer Rafa is waiting for from owner Mike Ashley – whether Ashley is willing to sign these three older players?
The answer is likely to be no.
What do you think?