We have just reported that Joelinton has been spotted at St. James’ Park today getting a tour of the ground.
And with manager Steve Bruce now back from China, we should soon see the formal announcement coming from the club with some pictures of the player and the manager.
Not sure what the fee will be (£35M – £45M?) but it will be a record for Newcastle.
It’s spent on a young and up-and-coming 22-year-old Brazilian striker, so we hope he turns out to be an excellent acquisition.
The problem with the signing is the young Brazilian seems to see his Newcastle transfer as a stepping-stone to a future move.
That future move would be to a much bigger club in England – like one of the top six clubs in the Premier League.
When Rafa Benitez was here, he was clear that Newcastle would no longer be a stepping stone for any player.
But with journeyman Steve Bruce now the manager we probably revert back to being a mid-table club at best, until Mike Ashley is forced out of the club.
Our sole goal this season – to survive in the Premier League – that’s the extent of the ambitions at Newcastle now Rafa has gone.
But the code being used is to “move the club forward.”
Moving the club forward means not to be relegated.
Joelinton – spotted at St. James’ Park today
Joelinton could be an excellent signing for the club, but we need at least one more striker brought in plus a central midfielder and a couple of full-backs.
We are also keeping our fingers crossed that Isaac Hayden elects to stay at the club – may be on a new, improved contract – but we have little new news on that.
We are just hoping he will stay with only 16 days left in this summer transfer window.
Not sure why Steve Bruce is looking at center-backs which seems like the last position we need to strengthen, but it also looks like he will play five at the back with three center-backs in the backline.
Manchester United are also reported in multiple outlets to be about to bid £30M for Sean Longstaff.
But surely there’s no way Newcastle will let Sean leave his home town club?
But there again – Mike Ashley is still in charge – we use those words loosely.
And as we saw with Rafa – anything can happen with such an incompetent and selfish owner at the club.
He also doesn’t know what he’s doing, but that’s been true since 2007 and is hardly new news.