North-East correspondent Keith Downie has asserted that he has a feeling Newcastle have some transfer deals already lined up and waiting.
This is what Keith has written for Sky Sports:
The scouting team and Steve Nixon, the head of recruitment, have been working away in the background and my feeling is there are probably a couple of deals already lined up from when Rafa was still in charge.
It will be imperative that Newcastle act quickly on transfers whenever the next manager is announced, whether it is Steve Bruce or not.
Every other club have signed at least one player, with Aston Villa ready to announce their eighth signing of the summer in Manchester City’s Douglas Luiz.
Newcastle are woefully behind and as we saw in the announced squad for the preseason tour, reinforcements are needed in many key areas.
Steve Nickson– targets identified and waiting?
We hope that targets have already been identified, as Keith believes, and at least some contact has been made.
Keith Downie seems to think they do have deals lined up from when Rafa was in charge.
While it doesn’t seem to matter who the manager is at Newcastle in terms of who the club identifies as their targets, it will matter to the targets themselves.
We can’t help but feel it is going to be very hard for Newcastle to attract many quality players this summer without Rafa at the helm.
While we do believe the new manager will have money to spend, the combination of Charnley’s plodding approach and the chaos of this summer could hinder the club’s ability to get transfers over the line.