Late May brought claims that Rafa Benitez was interested in signing Kamil Grosicki.

The Polish winger arrived at Hull from Rennes for £7m in January and with the Humberside club in a seemingly hopeless position, Kamil Grosicki was one of the new players who almost helped the club get to what had looked an all but impossible safe position.

Able to play on either side of the pitch, the winger went straight into the Hull side only days after signing, starring in a 2-0 win over Liverpool. Grosicki was involved in all 15 final matches for Hull where they picked up 17 points, form which would have seen them safe if carried on over a full season.

The winger also registered five Premier League assists and won the Fans’ PFA Premier League Player of the Month award for April.

Kamil Grosicki starred in his country’s 3-1 World Cup qualifier over Romania on 10 June 2016, this puts Poland six points clear on 16 points in Group E, with only four games left to pay.

Now the media back home in Poland say that Newcastle United have made an approach for the player.

As a slightly  unusual source for a transfer story, Przeglad Sportowy report that they have spoken to Manuel Garcia and he confirmed Newcastle United’s interest in signing Kamil Grosicki. Garcia being the long standing agent representing Rafa Benitez.

The initial reports in May claimed that there was a cheaper buyout relegation clause in the winger’s contract but the Polish media carrying the story say that Newcastle would have to pay 11m euros (approx £9.6m) for the player.

Due to playing international football last month, Grosicki has been given extra time off and isn’t due to return to Hull until next Tuesday (11 July) and then begin pre-season training the following day.

However, Przeglad Sportowy say that the player is keen to stay in the Premier League and that Hull are happy to get the winger off their wage bill, if they can get around 11m euros for him.

With close on 50 caps for Poland, his experience could prove invaluable for Newcastle, especially with how he quickly adapted to the Premier League and his versatility in playing on either wing.

Obviously no new faces as yet at St James Park so difficult to judge what kind of players Rafa Benitez will be targeting.

Obviously the challenge is to get the necessary quality but as a promoted team, you are unlikely to get the totally perfect signing in terms of age, experience and so on.

At 29, Kamil Grosicki is clearly a signing that would never have happened before the arrival of Rafa Benitez but is a player of the quality needed, so interesting to see if there is substance to this transfer story and of course, whether Mike Ashley will allow such major outlay on this type of player who won’t be increasing in value.

  • Toonbadger

    That`s the millionth player since the end of last season to be linked with us. Surely he must win a prize. Out of that million, we have Atsu, all the others have gone elsewere. I think we are not the draw we used to be

    • TheNutJob

      the clubs toxic badger the only people who don`t know this are us the Geordies

      • Toonbadger

        Deffo a tad tainted NutJob but can we expect `any` signings worth the shirt or is it gonna be loanees and French 3 division type players?

        • Burt Humperdink

          Some championship players will see us as a step up. But it looks like we need to re-earn our status since we’ve been in the championship and in two relegation battles the 2 seasons before.

          • Toonbadger

            Agreed, Decent players don`t seem to want to come here. It don`t bode well for next season

          • Burt Humperdink

            I agree fellow badger. Weirdly I’ve heard a number of players didn’t want to come to us over the years because of how far north we are. Bit baffling considering it’s less than 3 hours on the train to London most of the time.

  • Leazes Ender

    ….its all a bit grim.

    • TheNutJob

      can`t get much worse Leazes, or can it

  • MadMag83

    Do a swap deal, Gouffran plus cash.

    • Burt Humperdink

      Gouffran is out of contract and therefore can go anywhere he wants. Difficult to get a club to pay for a player they don’t have to.

      • MadMag83

        Wasn’t sure if he had signed a new deal. Seems to have gone quiet on that front.

    • Geordiegiants

      Swap him for SLO Mo

  • TheNutJob

    Penfold will try & knock them down & another top club like Swansea or Huddersfield will swoop in and buy him, ha ha ha

  • Jimblag23

    This would be decent but its probably just BS so who cares 😴

  • Mike

    nearly 10m for a 29 yr old? hmmmm yea

    • HarryHype59

      All other clubs in the EPL except the newly promoted sides are very cash rich due to the new TV deal. This is just another example of how fees are rising as the EPL is awash with TV money.

  • Steve Smith

    Good player IF he’s signed.

  • Desree

    Mo Diame

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    This will be across up between us & Watford. His old manager is at Watford, the player has a release clause so it will be Rafa v Silva

  • Steve Pearce

    I’ve just found out about The Mag and I’m over the moon at the incisive journalism, lack of “links” to imaginary or unobtainable players and most of all having the ability to make comments without having to wait 10 minutes or more. So its hello The Mag and goodbye The Chronicle.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      prepare for a disappointment

      • Geordiegiants

        Your not wrong for ONCE, as he is going to find out.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          I think he just has