With less than four hours to go, this deadline day is looking very familiar for Newcastle United fans.
A lot of smoke and mirrors but no signings.
Newcastle United do not have a single fit left-back (that Rafa has any faith in) and even Paul Dummett is out injured until November.
Surely even Newcastle United wouldn’t prevent their manager from bringing in a left-back in such circumstances…
Linked with any number of players previously, deadline day morning saw Newcastle reported to be in talks with Southampton’s third choice, Matt Targett, on loan.
Hopes built up over the day that the Saints’ England Under 21 international was going to sign.
With news just after 6pm that he was on his way…
Graeme Bailey has found fame due to always sticking up for Mike Ashley’s shocking transfer strategy, especially when Graham Carr was at St James Park.
This is how he delivered what appear to be the last rites on Newcastle United’s transfer window.
Graeme Bailey via Twitter:
31 August 6.02pm:
“Now understand that Southampton’s Matt Targett is on his way to the North East for a medical ahead of his move to Newcastle.”
31 August 6.23pm:
“But to confirm on Target, whilst he is travelling and ready to sign – the two clubs have not yet agreed the deal…”
31 August 6.43pm:
“Newcastle say they have pulled out of Matt Targett deal due to length of deal – Southampton end saying issue over loan fee. Player was keen.”
31 August 6.44pm:
“Targett was booked on flight to Newcastle at 7pm…”