With only one week to go until Newcastle United kick off in the Premier League, Rafa Benitez is demanding ‘showdown talks’ with Mike Ashley.

That is what an exclusive from the club’s official media partner has claimed today.

The Mirror says that Rafa Benitez has finally reached breaking point over the failure by the club to sign the players that he wants/needs this summer.

The newspaper reports that a failure to bid enough for both Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend and Stoke’s Joselu, have been the final straw(s).

Whilst there appears to be little doubt that Rafa is indeed very frustrated at Ashley’s failure to back him properly/realistically this summer, it is worth noting at this point, that The Mirror have run this story (Rafa having showdown/set to leave etc etc) a number of times.

Again, this is a story (Rafa Benitez unhappy over lack of transfer spending) that anybody could have written really and the insight The Mirror are offering, looks a bit dubious.

The Townsend part of it maybe, as he is no doubt valued at more than £10m this summer – but the Joselu part is a bit comical.

It was widely reported (see below) on Friday that Stoke had turned down a ‘derisory’ offer for Joselu but to claim that this was £12m is laughable.

At 27, Joselu has never scored double figures in a league season in the top division of any country and after Stoke paid £7m two years ago, he only managed four Premier League goals in his first season, then was sent out on loan managed only five goals in La Liga for Deportivo last season.

This ‘crazy’ transfer market is prompting newspapers to try and justify many ludicrous transfer stories and claiming £12m wouldn’t be enough to land Joselu, is another for that pile.

We all wait to see just what Rafa Benitez will do, if anything, if he doesn’t get the players he wants this summer.

After the January window when not a single one of his targets was brought in, even on loan, Rafa went public with his anger and frustration – but then said that had to be put to one side for the time being and the club get on with the job of promotion.

If the United boss isn’t backed this time, it will surely be far harder for him to put this one to one side and just get on with the uphill task that will await.

Newcastle United official media partner, The Mirror:

‘Rafa Benitez set for Newcastle showdown talks over transfer impasse as £12m bid for Stoke’s Joselu fails.

The Spaniard is furious Newcastle have failed to land Stoke striker Joselu after a £12million bid was turned down

Rafa Benitez is heading for a fresh showdown with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the latest transfer impasse.

Benitez is also frustrated that Ashley and chief executive Lee Charnley are refusing to enter the race for former winger Andros Townsend.

The England ace, who quit St James’ Park 12 months ago, is free to leave Crystal Palace but they turned down a £10million offer.

Benitez is keen to re-sign Townsend but the board also refused to make a move for Townsend in January.’

The Mag – 4 August 2017:

With Newcastle United ever more desperate to add goals to the squad, news on Friday afternoon claiming that a bid for Joselu has been rejected out of hand.

The Spanish striker was signed for £7m by Stoke from Hannover in summer 2015 but the move didn’t work out, with only four goals in 24 Premier League appearances (10 starts) in 2015/16.

The local Stoke Sentinel newspaper says that Newcastle’s bid was judged ‘derisory’ by Stoke City.

After that initial poor season, last year Joselu returned on loan to another Spanish club.

In light of Newcastle’s claimed interest in him, ironically it was Lucas Perez’ departure to Arsenal that promoted Deportivo to take Joselu on loan for last season. Making nine starts and 11 appearances off the bench, the now 27 year old forward scored five La Liga goals.

Rafa Benitez would no doubt know all about his countryman and in 2010 Joselu looked to be in the ascendancy after moving to Real Madrid from Celta Vigo.

Then 20, Joselu went on to score 40 goals in 53 starts (plus sub appearances) over the course of two seasons for Real Madrid reserves, who play in the second tier of Spanish football.

However, the young striker was given only six minutes of La Liga first team action for Real Madrid.

A £5m move to Hoffenheim in August 2012 was later followed with a loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt and then £4m sale to Hannover.

However, nowhere has he managed to be anywhere near as prolific as he was for Real Madrid reserves in the Spanish second tier and indeed has never managed double figures in a league season at any other club.

If there is substance in Newcastle interest then if they do make a more substantial offer, difficult to see Joselu contributing a significant number of goals.

The 6ft 3 striker has played for Spain’s Under 20s but never featured at senior level.

Stoke Sentinel:

‘Stoke City have roundly rejected an offer from Newcastle for in-form striker Joselu.

The club considered the bid derisory and will now wait to see if an improved offer lands on their table.

Joselu has courted headlines recently after stepping off the bench to net a brace at Bolton last weekend in his first game back at the club – and then added two more to his collection at St Pauli on Tuesday evening.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez knows all about his Spanish compatriot and sees him as a potential spearhead following promotion back to the Premier League.’

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Whats Pardspew doing these days ?

    • Leazes Ender


      • Alex

        Should Pardew return, do you think that it would be the straw that finally breaks the fans backs? Or would they still show up to “support the team, but not the regime”?

        • Leicester Mag

          I think sadly we know the answer to that question.

        • Munich Mag

          Of course the lemmings will turn up, but youll see attendances between 25 and 30 k in the Championship the next time round.

          • anyobrien

            Lemmings doing something they love… T1t

        • Peter Stabler

          If Pardspew returns I will take a slow walk across the pitch and hand him my season ticket.

      • Munich Mag

        The blather merchant is on standby waiting in the wings. A leopard doesn’t change his spots, Rafa has been gazumped by Nobbin and Dobbin…

  • Alan Pardew

    “I have some sympathy for the players. They get people, agents who aren’t even their own, ringing them up and promising them the world. There are some terrible people in and around the game.

    “If somebody says they can get a deal done which is going to double your money, it’s going to affect you.”

  • anyobrien

    Here we go again another Sunday another rafa set to leave story by the Mirror that top end red top….. From what I heard we made a derisory offer for a player I’ve never heard of and stoke turned it down as for townsend another winger?
    Tbh this is getting boring he either needs to make a statement he’s staying or leave simple as that.

    • GeordieZebra

      Wouldn’t blame him for leaving based on the lack of transfers. Surely we want a manager who isn’t a nodding dog and will kick up a fuss to improve our team?

      • Damon Horner

        Agreed except if he is doing this through the media in a subtle way then it will eventually get destabilising.

        Which player or fan wants to read their manager is leaving every week. I’d like to think he would be kicking up a fuss to Charnley and Ashley.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    If Raffa wants these two players then I’m glad the “board” are blocking him .. he’s had one too many transfer disasters in my opinion.

    • GeordieZebra

      What makes them more qualified than Rafa?
      What makes you more qualified than Rafa?
      What transfer disasters?

      • HarryHype59

        Sels at £6.5m and 50k a week for starters.

        • hetonmag

          Sels hasn’t been at the club long enough to be a disaster, not like the likes of Riviere and co who we can’t get rid of.

          • HarryHype59

            Disagree mate, if he was any good he wouldn’t be out on loan. He flopped last season. Diame and Hanley also flopped.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            You are kidding though

          • hetonmag

            No I’m not kidding the boy has only played a handful of games and yet you call him a flop, what about De Gea he was a flop in his early career at Manure.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            He’s only played a handful of games and been loaned out for a reason

      • Geordiegiants

        As much as I agree with your first 2 sentences, I think your third one is a bit off the mark, for us Lazaar, SLO MO, Sels.

        • Anita kick up the Hoop

          So you would happily see Raffa buy Joselu a Stoke city failure and Adrian a 30 year old West Ham cast off would you? .. you’d be happy to see our very limited transfer kitty wasted on these players and you’d be happy with around a 50% success rate on transfers going into the premiership..we can’t afford failures on the scale we had in the transfer window last summer! .. that just a fact, I don’t need to have Raffa’s CV to know that!
          This “in Raffa we trust” mentality has gotten silly if stating obvious things like that is seen as disloyalty

          • anyobrien

            At last a bit of balance rafa is good but also has failings like all managers

          • texfitz

            Well said!

          • Lance bradford

            Lets wait and see after a few games,maybe then judgements on players will be justified

          • Geordiegiants

            They wouldn’t be my choices no, but are you saying that Rafas decisions are wrong? Are you saying that one of THE most successful / sort after mangers in world football, is not capable of making the right call?

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Well if we are talking about Sells, Hanley, Gamez, Diame and Lazar then yes I’m saying he was wrong.. if we are talking about Joselu and Adrian at 30 then again I think he would be wrong to buy them.
            Are you saying he’s infallible and has never made an error?

          • Geordiegiants

            No I’m talking about his over all performance in football. I’m not talking about any single issue, I’m talking about his history as a football manager. I could copy and paste his full list of honours if you really need me too, from 1981 until last season winning the championship at the first time of asking, while making millions in profit, and clearing out more shyte than he bought in.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            We all know his history .. the question is, can we really afford another window with 5 failed signings given our limited budget and the jump up in standard.. it’s that simple

          • Geordiegiants

            If his success is as good as last season with five failed signings. YES!

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            Don’t be so silly.. you’ll be sticking your fingers in your ears and singing Na na na na na Na ! ! Next.

          • Geordiegiants

            The likes of you said we wouldn’t get promoted never mind champions.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            The likes of me said we would get promoted at a canter .. we made hard work of it in the end because 5 out of our 11 signings were awful.

          • Geordiegiants

            I never once heard anything from Rafa to say we would win at a canter.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            What are you talking about? .. I never said Raffa thought we would Winn at a canter .. I said I (that’s me) thought we shoukd win that dreadful division at a Canter.. and I felt 5 out of our 11 signings didn’t turn out to be duck eggs we would have .. the standard of football in that leave was even worse than I thought

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        What transfer disasters? … are you joking?
        Sells, Diame, Lazar and Hanley … can’t you remember them buys goldfish or do you just defer your opinion and thoughts straight over to Raffa?

        • GeordieZebra

          They’ll recoup on all. Ritchie, Gayle, Yedlin, Hayden, Clark all outweigh those you’ve mentioned. Collectively, his buys have clearly been successful.

          • Anita kick up the Hoop

            5 out of 11 buys were poor .. we can’t shift them

          • GeordieZebra

            So % wise not transfer disasters! The good outweigh the bad. Made massive profit, got promotion first time of asking, is suitably qualified to have his opinion valued over ours. I don’t want either player but if he does, and that’s what he is employed to do, the board need to pipe down and allow him to get on with it. Your negativity is laughable.

  • Cuh736

    Townsend back to Newcastle would be a disaster. I dont care how good he thinks he is. We keep on saying we want players who want to wear the shirt right? Not deserters

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      The fact he left is neither here nor there. The fact the club have sorted the wide positions out (and quite nicely too) means Townsend is unlikely to be on the radar. The whispers were that we had a sniff before the window and Townsend was getting a decent look in at Palace, I suspect that now they have changed manager and he’s not first choice again, the agent want to rekindle interest.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Dont believe the Townsend deal… we have Atsu, Murphy and young Aarons back from the brink. The Joselu for £12million?!? Dont be silly. They just stirring it again like usual.

  • Steve Pearce

    The Trinity Mirror Group just want to sell papers. They are the media equivalent of the fat toilet polluting slug who is our owner. Whilst we can’t get rid of him, we can boycott all their papers (including The Chronicle) and instead rely of The Mag for our Newcastle news. In fact I can actually foresee legal action against them instituted by our club if they carry on with this story line. What right have this gutter-feeding blob of pondlife to utter such garbage? They are just under educated Southern slime that couldn’t write a cogent and relevant piece of news that had words of more than two syllables and appealed to anyone whose IQ was more than their shoe size!

    • Peter Robson

      So, you’re not impressed then ??

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Rely on the Mag? where do you think they get their articles from. The Mag article regurgitating template must actually include the phrase ‘official media partner’

      • Leazes Ender

        Where do you think anyone gets the news from…….. Reuters or Newsnow. everything is rehashed.

        Is Mark Jensen getting paid for the NUFC advertising?….. of course he is.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          i think most are aware that the stories are a spin on rehashed news and essentially, you are right in implying it’s just clickbait.

          I see a certain sports shop comes up in the advertising banner these days!

  • James

    More like the writer was told to publish an article with random opinions full of nothing backed up

  • mactoon

    Looks like we made an offer for a fairly poor player in Joselu. I wouldnt touch him but If the amount reported is anythiig to go by I would rather push the boat out add money to it and use the money to get Perez. With regards to the Mirror reporting again that Rafa is furious and at breaking point, if this is not true why the hell are they still the club’s official media partner if they are spreading stores which will undoubtedly be rocking the boat?

  • Steven Burgess

    I see rafa walking this time like !!

    • anyobrien


  • David from Gateshead

    I don’t believe there’s any substance to this.
    1. Rafa may have wanted Townsend in January, but we’ve now got 4 decent wingers in Richie, Atsu, Murphy and Aarons, 2 of whom have just been signed this summer. We don’t need Townsend!
    2. Joselu’s modest record indicates that he would not be worth an outlay of more than £12 million.

    • mactoon

      I wouldn’t pay anything near £12 million for joselu when Perez is available for a little more. They need to spend the remaining money on getting him in or at least get him in on loan and stick him in with Gayle

  • Antenociticus

    This story is garbage.
    We don’t need another winger, we’ve got Murphy Atsu, Aarons and Ritchie.
    Twelve million quid for Joselu is equally ridiculous: we may have bid for him but it certainly wasn’t that much. Stoke would’ve taken Charnley’s hand off.
    There’s been a lot of focus on transfer fees this summer but I suspect that Newcastle’s problem has been an unwillingness to meet the wage demands of some of these players and their agents. Penfold has got form: remember Loic Remy, we offered more to Marseille but QPR (and Fat Harry) got him by offering higher wages with a lower transfer fee.

  • Paul Busby

    It’s lets-get-the-geordies-riled-up day again is it.