After 17 Premier League transfers in the previous two months, things have really come alive.

Whilst some £250m had been committed in May and June by Premier League clubs, there had only been a relatively small number of deals agreed.

That has all changed though now.

A day apart, Friday and Saturday saw nine separate Premier League transfers announced, with many of those deals involving clubs that Newcastle are expected to need to finish above, if a relegation battle is to be avoided.

Watford have signed two, Huddersfield a couple as well, whilst Bournemouth added one to go with Thursday’s capture of Jermain Defoe.

Newcastle have been heavily linked with Henry Onyekuru and Willy Cabaellero but they are now Everton and Chelsea players respectively.

Aaron Mooy was said to be a Newcastle target at one point but has become Huddersfield’s record signing.

Likewise, Newcastle were said to have made an enquiry about Nathan Ake but he has instead signed on at Bournemouth in a £20m record transfer for them.

Last summer saw a record £1.2bn spent by Premier League clubs and the signs are that summer 2017 is going to leave that well behind.

Pre-season training starts tomorrow for Newcastle United and our competitors are now showing their hand in the transfer market, the question being when will Newcastle join them?

These are the 28 Premier League transfers agreed (two of them announced as early as March, during the season) so far as confirmed by BBC  Sport:

22 March

Elias Kachunga (Ingolstadt – Huddersfield) £1.1m

31 March

Tom Cleverley (Everton – Watford) Undisclosed

19 May

Pascal Gross (FC Ingolstadt 04 – Brighton) Undisclosed

24 May

Christian Atsu (Chelsea – Newcastle) Undisclosed

26 May

Bernardo Silva (Monaco – Manchester City) £43m

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City – West Ham) Free

30 May

Dominic Solanke (Chelsea – Liverpool) Compensation

1 June

Darren Fletcher (West Brom – Stoke) Free

6 June

Sead Kolasinac (Schalke – Arsenal) Free

8 June

Ederson Moraes (Benfica – Manchester City) £35m

14 June

Victor Lindelof (Benfica – Manchester United) £31m

15 June

Davy Klaassen (Ajax – Everton) £23.6m

Harry Maguire (Hull – Leicester) £17m

Jordan Pickford (Sunderland – Everton) £25m rising to £30m

16 June

Mathew Ryan (Valencia – Brighton) Undisclosed

22 June

Mohamed Salah (Roma – Liverpool) £34m

23 June

Laurent Depoitre (Porto – Huddersfield) Undisclosed

24 June

Will Hughes (Derby County – Watford) £8m

29 June

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland – Bournemouth) Free

30 June

Nathan Ake (Chelsea – Bournemouth) Undisclosed

Aaron Mooy (Manchester City – Huddersfield) £8m

Jonas Lossl (FSV Mainz 05 – Huddersfield) Loan

Henry Onyekuru (Eupen – Everton) £7m

1 July

Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City – Chelsea) Undisclosed

Daniel Bachmann (Stoke City – Watford) Undisclosed

Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan – Southampton) Undisclosed

Willy Caballero (Manchester City – Chelsea) Free

Kiko Femenia (Alaves – Watford) Undisclosed

  • Damon Horner

    The pressure comes from losing out on targets with time ticking. Not from rival clubs signing players we probably never wanted.

    Chill out, you’ll live longer. If we’re not strengthened and start the season slowly I’ll worry then.

    • MadMag83

      Exactly what I was thinking. Would we really want to be signing Ake for £20m?

      • GToon

        In terms of getting value for money – no. In terms of stating our intent to compete and Ashley demonstrating his willingness to back Rafa – maybe yes.

      • Steve Smith

        Not that I’m concerned about our lack of signing right now, but our approach does need to change.

        Our record transfer fee was 16m and that was nearly 13 years ago. 20m for Ake (who is hardly world class) is the norm now with the inflation caused by premier league money.

        We don’t need to waste money, but we certainly need to pay more than what we did 13 years ago.

        • Damon Horner

          I agree in a sense but we won’t have the same cash as most of our rivals (we could have) and it would be a massive risk this summer to break the record and we’re in trouble if that signing then flopped.

          Don’t get me wrong if we made a £25mil signing who set SJP alight we would be over the moon but if he didn’t play well he’d be in the bracks of the Thauvin’s as an ill judged signing.

          • Steve Smith

            We could afford more if we didn’t stick to the rigid policy of paying everything up front, at least just for this one season.

            I’m not sure a 25m signing would be that exciting anymore! Ake as a defender cost 20m. A midfielder or striker of similar quality would be around the 30m mark. An actually exiting player would be more again and way beyond how much we would likely pay.

          • Damon Horner

            Agreed. It’s possible to financially blow a lot but it’s Ashley’s risk adverse finance policy so you know it won’t happen.

            Interesting point though that despite the desire to spend among fans it probably won’t excite the fans if they did!

          • Steve Smith

            I think it goes back to the whole media portrayal of us that we expect to be entertained unrealistically at all times.

            We don’t demand world class big and exciting names, but I think most of us would want our transfers to be sensible.

            Unfortunately a sensible premier league quality signing costs more than it used to.

          • Jezza

            I don’t think there is any such policy of paying up front. Supposedly the Lejeune deal fell through because NUFC, having agreed to meet the player’s £8 million release clause, wanted to pay that fee in instalments.

          • Jezza

            “we won’t have the same cash as most of our rivals”

            Why shouldn’t we though but? We’ve got the same television money as every other club plus last summer’s £40 million transfer profit so why can’t we compete financially with the likes of Bournemouth, Brighton, Huddersfield and Watford?

          • Damon Horner

            If the TV money is fully paid before a ball is kicked I agree with you but if it’s throughout the year or at the end of the season then the capital just isn’t there unless Ashley puts it there.

          • Jezza

            Well the capital seems to be there for other clubs and besides what about last summer’s £40 million transfer profit and the £10 million from the recent sale of Thauvin?

          • Damon Horner

            Most of the profit from last summer was deferred payments, I.e. Sissoko deal, Thauvin money should be there you’d think. We still have the TV Money deficit against a lot of out rivals this season.

          • Jezza

            None of that is going to wash. NUFC should be able to at least compete financially with the likes of Huddersfield and Bournemouth. The only reason we can’t is because we have got an owner who is constantly squeezing every last penny of profit out of the club.

          • Damon Horner

            Not trying to “wash” anything really.

            It’s a personal belief that I think we have less to spend unless Ashley advances some of the forecasted income.

            You keep saying we won’t spend much.

          • Jezza

            Yes I keep saying that and I truly believe it too. During the latter part of last season I kept predicting that our total summer outlay will be equal to or less than what ever we bring in from player sales and I’m sticking with that. If I am wrong I will gladly come on here on 1st September and hold my hands up, just like I did when we got promoted after I’d predicted we’d miss out.

          • Damon Horner

            Don’t disagree mate. It’ll be a financial gamble in the guise of sensible accounting this summer but this might be a year we need to roll the dice a bit. Whether it’s this summer or not we will be down on income some time but we will probably need an advance on that deficit to make up the shortfall a bit.

        • MadMag83

          I agree that transfer fees have certainly increased a lot, but can you imagine an article on here saying we’d signed Ake for £20m? I think most would be underwhelmed. We got Ritchie and Gayle for around £21m last season. Ultimately it’s about the quality of the signings rather than the quantity. Add to that I believe Ashley will want players off the wage bill before any more are added to it.

      • Damon Horner

        He has a style we won’t maximise under Rafa and it’s a position we don’t really need to strengthen relative to others so blowing £20mil would be a little bit senseless to me.

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      • Jezza

        Yes. Better than signing nobody and having all the money going straight into Fatso’s pocket.

    • Jezza

      “rival clubs signing players we probably never wanted.”

      More like rival clubs strengthening their squads when we are not. If that’s not reason to be concerned I don’t know what is.

      • Damon Horner

        It’s reason to be concerned, I just don’t think it is right now

  • Sean Lynch

    Some fans are simply reacting to the garbage written by tired hacks, with closed off sources and not a lot to write about. We’ve been linked with in excess of 150 players so far and the window has been far from flung wide open, over 150!

    Would we have liked some new blood in by now, of course we would, we’d be stupid not to want that. But are we worried by it? In general no.
    There are those who are of course and that minority are the ones that the press always seem to manage to get quotes or social media snippets from.

    Till a player is photographed in a shirt, at SJP, it’s all speculation, guesswork and complete nonsense, ‘it’s a funny old game.’

    • Kneebotherm8

      Is it just 150? it seems like several hundred to me,but it’s the same every year/transfer window. I think the reality is,is that we’ll get one or two in this week and quite possibly ones that haven’t even been mentioned in our wonderful tabloids/comics.

    • Jezza

      Never in the history of football has a club been linked with so many players and signed so few.

  • Soldier

    you need players in at the start of pre season, Rafa has 5 weeks to sort out the team so it hits the ground running, he asked for recruits by 3rd July the club has failed miserably
    he`s the manager not us

    • Damon Horner

      You don’t need it, managers understandably just prefer it. Chelsea blew the league away with a record win total having made Batshuayi their only signing of the 4 first team they made by this time last year.

      • Soldier

        if you know better than Rafa fair enough

        • Damon Horner

          Rafa has never said he needs all his signings in by now unless I missed it?

          • Soldier

            what he said was i want SOME signings ion by pre season
            you are just being an obnoxious pr1k

          • Damon Horner

            Mate, the message from me is “don’t worry” there seems a lot of panic and anti-club agenda and it’s not really a big deal.

            If it’s obnoxious to promote a more positive message then I’ll take that title. Enjoy your day.

  • Wor Lass

    What concerns me isn`t so much that we`ve only made one signing so far but that so many players seem to have turned us down. Obviously, we don`t know the full truth of all the paper talk but it does seem that players are preferring to go elsewhere. Is it wages? The South of England factor? Guaranteed game time? Poor pitching by Penfold`s team? Whatever the answer (and it`s most likely a combination of some or all of these suggestions) I hope it`s sorted this week because Rafa needs to assemble a squad for the season and we don`t want him still having to experiment in the last pre-season game.

  • Jezza

    As far as Fatso is concerned we don’t need any new signings. The same squad that won the championship should be good enough to finish fourth bottom of the Premiership. Even our bitter local rivals, newly relegated and £100 million in debt, will spend more than us this summer.