I hope that if/when he signs, Florian Lejeune can move quicker on the pitch than the transfer negotiations are moving off it.

It must be over a month now since we were first linked with the 26 year old defender and every single day we are getting updates on the transfer ‘getting closer’.

I had just about lost all interest in the transfer (and living!) because of the monotonous snail’s pace in which things are moving, well that is if anything is actually happened.

Then I read this a couple of hours ago…

Chronicle – 29 June 2017:

‘Sources at Eibar have revealed fresh contact between Newcastle and the Spanish club amid tortuously slow negotiations between the two parties over the player’s £8.7million release clause, which has been holding up a deal that will requires only minimal work.

Newcastle want to trigger that clause with a deal that would see the fee paid in instalments and thus preserve some of Rafa Benitez’s transfer budget for the summer.

With fees and duties to be paid on the deal it would work out cheaper for the club to do it that way but Eibar want the fee in full up front and have told Newcastle that they are under no obligation to accept their offer of staggered payments.’

That kind of stopped me in my tracks – I’m not expecting Newcastle to beat the £89m Man Utd paid for Paul Pogba BUT I did expect the club to get things done.

Not wanting to simply throw money at the problem but simply dealing with the transfer market as it stands, missing out on some players but being prepared to compromise on others to get the deal(s) done.

However, this from the Chronicle must be seen as worrying, in today’s market buying a player from a weaker/cheaper league for under £9m, should surely be relatively easy to sort, especially with a buyout clause in place.

If Rafa Benitez sees Florian Lejeune as a first team player then surely this should have just been pushed through with a minimum of fuss.

Holding out to try and pay by instalments on a sub-£9m player to try and eke out the transfer funds that are needed for other positions…this is in a market where Everton have just paid £55m for two players, Bournemouth are due to hand over £20m for Nathan Ake, many/most other clubs set to break their own transfer records as well.

If we do or don’t buy Florian Lejeune I don’t particularly care either way BUT I do care if Rafa Benitez isn’t getting the full support from Mike Ashley.

As well as securing promotion as champions, Rafa Benitez, the club also confirmed that in the process the Manager had delivered a £40m transfer surplus.

When adding in the  recent £10m deal confirmation for Florian Thauvin and of course the Premier League TV cash to be factored in, the idea that only four days before pre-season training starts, Newcastle still haven’t brought in any new players (only Atsu permanent instead of loan) and are still haggling a month later on how they pay for Florian Lejeune…it beggars belief.

Rafa Benitez needs his players in as soon as possible to get working with them, have them ready to start working as a team when the friendlies kick off in 15 days time.

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  • Steve Hughes

    Wake me up when the rafalution starts.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      you are in for a long kip

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Rafa`s wasting his time with the shower of schitt that`s running the club
    Que sera, sera
    Adios Amigos

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Brilliant, you say you are quitting, we all sigh a relief and you then post more of your nonsense 10 minutes later. Not just Adios, say goodbye not wave hello

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        take a few pills & chill out Blobby, you post enough shyte to fill the town moor

      • BadMag

        How is it nonsense? have you been in a coma for ten years or what?

  • Alex

    Note to Charnley…try these:

    Eibar – “We want £8.7m now”

    NUFC – “Sorry, just a bit much. If you want it all now, then how about £8.2m in your account first thing in the morning?”


    NUFC – “Sorry, we need it in stages. But, if you accept stages, we’ll call the fee £9.2m”

  • Hughie

    Even the website is out of date–still shows 26 first team squaddies including Sels and Ameobi. Really sharp club. Lets hope the July 1st deadline is significant and players start to pour in after, with the deadwood away. Riviere, De Jong, Saivet etc do not appear in the first team squad on the website. Once again our roller coaster club is doing its best to suppress any interest or enjoyment having netted 20 million in ST sales…..what is going on, and why can they still not grasp the concept of customer care? Methinks he is desperately trying to sell the place…..

  • Leazes Ender

    Two days to go

    • MichaelMaximusMoose


      • Wor Lass

        He didn`t say what to!

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          that`s a valid point, but i can guess. it`s the start of the Rafalution, or not !

    • Geordiegiants

      To my my holiday, How do you know?

  • Toon

    Does The Mag ever stop whining, article after article whining on, truly pathetic. Why not just have one article whining about transfers instead of 6 a day repeating the same thing over and over gain? I know you need “hits” but come on the repeated doom and gloom messages does nothing for anyone. Come September hopefully we’ll have signed enough players to be an established team in the league, pretty sure about it as are most fans judging by your immature poll from yestareday

    • Alex

      ‘The Mag’ NEVER whines, it’s fans submitting articles that whine.

      Ah, that word “hopefully” – oft used over Ashley’s decade. But, of course, hopefully, you’re right this time.

    • BadMag

      It is below average because this disgusting owner has turned us into a yoyo club and trousered all the cash

  • Rich Lawson

    Are we not just haggling to delay things to see if we can get Shawcross instead ? The £10 mil quoted for him looks to be money better spent than this loser ?

  • Steve Smith

    Seems entirely believable to me.

    We don’t have premier league prize money in the bank for this window, so they’re looking to spread the payment out.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Nufc should pull the plug & walk away

  • Wor Lass

    I`m gutted that we`ve missed out on Gomis – AGAIN!!

    • Albert Stubbins

      you’re kidding right
      he makes Sammy Ameobi look like Pele!!

      • Wor Lass

        The Yanks call it irony, Albert – keep up,man!

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha ha.

  • magpiejack

    Could it be Ashley is still intending to sell the club and installments enables him to defray transfer monies to new owners!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      No, it doesn;t work like that

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        HMRC hasn`t caught up with you yet then, shame

      • Geordiegiants

        I thought it worked like that when he bought the club. So why can’t it work like that when he sells? I think the only reason he could be wanting to pay instalments is because he is selling and wants to pass the debt on.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          When he bought it, the club owed the bank not the owners.

          He can sell with his debt intact but why would he? He’s lent the company £129m + last year’s money interest free and with no repayment date. Why would he want that sort of credit facility to remain if he didn’t actually own the shares?

          • Geordiegiants

            Doesn’t matter, he can still sell the club and say the new owners have to pay the instalments.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Pay the transfer fee installments? Yes, they will, the club / the company that is NUFC has the obligation.

            I don’t think we are going to have new outright owners. More likely to be a 50:50split.

          • Geordiegiants

            So the answer to the original question is yes he can defer the players payments to a new owner.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’m not sure what you mean.

            If you are saying he can sell the club whilst it has unpaid tranfer installment, of course he can. My point to magpiejack was that it makes no difference to Mike Ashley if he sells the club if the club owes transfer monies or not. If the assets of the club are £400m and it owes £50m, a buyer will be prepared to pay £350m, if it’s worth £400m without any debt, it’s £400m.

  • Jezza

    Looks like our entire transfer budget for the summer currently stands at something around the £10 million mark because that’s what the club have brought in from the sale of Thauvin. Ashley’s sell before you can buy policy remains firmly in place as I always knew it would. Nothing ever changes with that fat greedy bar steward. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rafa walk before the new season starts, nor would I blame him.

  • Alreet

    Same story different day. Has anyone noticed that no one has been sold either yet rafa knows more than most that at least 6 need shorn.

    The only ppl who left have been at the end of their contracts and the only one signed was again contracted with the loan.

    They have to write something but i can see around 3 or 4 being on the books by wednesday. Rafa will do things on the quiet to avoid others nipping in. Only abraham has gone somewhere else but im sure there are more targets that no one else is looking at.

    The money in the prem is off the scale so we cant be paying over the odds again. There will be a few that are tied up without media being included just because other teams have nipped in.

    Im not worried.

    If we have nothing by the middle of july i will be suprised and getting scared but i really cant see that.

    • TheFatController

      Yes, maybe it goes like this for 99% of players ;-

      When so you start training?
      – start of July
      So when does your holiday finish?
      – start of July
      So what’s the earliest you can physically sign a contract with agent and club sat together
      – start of July. When I’m back from holiday, to start training….

  • txbnet

    That’s about the size of it, make do and mend, or shop in the Sports Direct Bargain Basement whilst hoping 14th or 15th position is attainable this season. Nothing ever changes upstairs despite two relegations in six years. You would think a lesson had been learned. Oh, for a passionate Geordie chairman with some wonga in the bank. Can anyone put out a call to Sir John?

  • orang gilax9

    It’s all because Ashley whose brain thinks business only without thinking about the interests of the club, Ashley wants to sell the club and get the full money from the club’s sales without wanting to spend money to buy the players Benitez wants

    • BadMag

      Garbage mate. there is no buyer that is a smokescreen to his reluctance to spend cash

  • orang gilax9

    We must all be compact, do not buy tickets until the player Benitez wants is bought

  • Graham

    Is this not just a case of us waiting to sign the player as we dont want to pay the extra wages?

    • Down Under Mag

      I expect there is a mixture of truth in all the conflicting stories….I mean it’s not like the papers have ever knowingly fudged the facts to suit their own agenda is it?? :)

  • mentalman

    Spanish media are publishing articles claiming its the other way round, we are trying to pay it all up front and eibar want it in installments

    • Contisertoli

      Totally believable that the tightest tightwad in the Prem, MA, would nix paying in installments. :-P

      Whatever the case, it’s 8.7M quid, why are the quibbling over that amount?

      • BadMag

        Because that amount is 50% of Rafas budget, unless you are one of the happy clapping mongs who believe this 70m hype.
        Expect non proven premier league players and nothing else

        • Contisertoli

          My point went reet over your heed. I guess you need something to point out the obvious…say, #sarcasm?