Interesting claims on Monday afternoon that Rafa Benitez is still expecting to bring in five more Newcastle signings this month.

The first of those looks certain to be Stoke City striker Joselu, with widespread reports that he is already on Tyneside for his medical, with a £5m fee said to be agreed.

Also in the very near future, Chelsea’s 21 year old Brazilian Kenedy is also expected to be brought in on loan, with The Telegraph reporting that Rafa Benitez has now spoken to the player.

He can play left-back as well as wing-back & winger on that side of the pitch and with Paul Dummett out for at least the next few weeks after yesterday’s injury, that loan deal is set to happen sooner rather than later.

The Telegraph say that their information is that as well as those two players set to come in, Rafa Benitez has another three Newcastle signings he is set to make.

The newspaper reports that Rafa is desperate to strengthen the goalkeeping position, as well as left-back, striker and centre of defence.

They name Michal Pazdan as a player who is also interesting Newcastle United.

The experienced defender has 26 full caps and turns 30 in September – but is available for around £3m.

The centre-back has played all of his club football in Poland and currently plays for Legia Warsaw, having also played 23 times in Europe (Champions League and Europa League) these past two seasons.


  • Kev-82

    5 signings 😂😂😂

    • Andy Mac

      With funds coming from The Magic Money Tree ?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Fatty left Rafa a cheque yesterday

      • Geordiegiants

        Graham obviously hasn’t got sky and missed that comedy sketch at 7 pm Sunday night.

  • HarryHype59

    Instead of getting five “shirt fillers” why not bring in one or two better quality players. The mistakes of the past are being repeated again!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      and again and again and again

    • Clarko

      I have had the same thought, that said I believe every signing we have made so far in this window has improved our squad and I believe all will play a part this season (unlike Lazaar, Sels, Gamez and Hanley). It’s worth to note that even when you sign “quality players” there is still a risk of it failing, right now we are putting our eggs in multiple baskets.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        correct clarko but we aint in the Micky Mouse league now we need quality over quantity

        • GToon

          You are probably both right. Two quality signings would make a massive difference but then again so would 4/5 players to compete for places that we need strengthening.

          • HarryHype59

            Only if they are better than we already have!

        • Clarko

          Again, I believe every signing we have made so far in this window has improved our squad, and I believe it is possible to find quality at the prices we are paying (although more difficult), hopefully we have found that quality.

          We are in a league with the likes of Watford, Swansea, Burnley, Brighton, Huddersfield, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and West Brom. Newcastle have a squad and a manager fully capable of finishing in (lower) mid-table.

          • Geordiegiants

            We can’t compete financially with any of those clubs you mention though.

          • Clarko

            Amount spent:

            Bournemouth: £30.87m
            West Brom: £19.71m
            Crystal Palace: £8.10m
            Swansea: £11.25m
            Burnley: £11.02m
            Watford: £51.75m
            Newcastle: £33.12m
            Brighton: £26.10m
            Huddersfield: £38.97m

            We are competing with those clubs financially.

          • Geordiegiants

            Good stat research, the difference is competing with those clubs is, apart from Huddersfield and Brighton, all the other teams have a premier squad. They are spending that money on a Quality signings not trying to build a full squad with that money.

          • Clarko

            Amount spent and number of incomings (average spent per player):

            Bournemouth: £30.87m, 4 players (£7.72m per player)
            West Brom: £19.71m, 3 players (£6.57m per player)
            Crystal Palace: £8.10m, 3 players (£2.70m per player)
            Swansea: £11.25m, 3 players (£3.75m per player)
            Burnley: £11.02m, 5 players (£2.20m per player)
            Watford: £51.75m, 7 players (£7.39m per player)
            Newcastle: £33.12m, 5 players (£6.62m per player)
            Brighton: £26.10m, 9 players (£2.90m per player)
            Huddersfield: £38.97m, 10 players (£3.90m per player)

            As you can see Newcastle’s average spend per player is the third highest of the teams listed, this suggests quality rather than quantity.

          • Geordiegiants

            You see stats mean f all. Those don’t give a true insight. Grey £18.5m. It shows it’s all pure garbage your stats.

          • Clarko

            Every single statistic shows that you’re wrong, Newcastle have the 3rd highest overall spend, showing that Newcastle can compete financially. Huddersfield, Brighton, Watford and Burnley have brought more/an equal number of players as Newcastle, which currently stands at 5, which is not a “full squad”. Newcastle have the third highest average spend per player, which suggests (on average) that Newcastle have brought in a better quality of player than the teams with a lower average spend per player.

            Finally, you mention Andre Gray, not only are you singling out 1 player from the 49 mentioned, but you are singling out a player from Watford, who have a higher spend, bought more players and who have a higher average spend per player than Newcastle, meaning my statistics do give a “true insight”.

        • HarryHype59

          Clarko claimed Rafa would have 70m to bring in new players ….bless!

        • Geordiegiants

          Honestly how long must it take him to copy and paste all these stats below?

      • Toonrobbybobson

        We were fortunate in the championship we managed to not really need Hanley, Lazaar etc. It turned out we managed with injuries not too bad. We got by and won the league. So the plan worked and we had backup. Its now about the next rung up on the ladder. I trust Rafa to find what is needed to do the job. That job being consolidation. As mentioned by a few the only thing that can help this club grow is survival this season and keeping Rafa. Release some funds to him then and see us progress to build something. Even better would be Ashley getting bought out. That would be like winning a cup. I trust Rafa though. I think by close of window some of the wasters like Saivet, Riviere and Haidara will be moved. Good riddance.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    My search engine has been going like the clappers in this window to find out who we`re signing

    • Geordiegiants

      With these kind of signings it gonna need a good service before January.

  • mactoon

    I was hoping for a prolific striker but it looks as though Joselu is now going to be the new striker on the books. Hardly prolific but he is a unit, mobile and good in the air and if he can continue his pre season form he could help us so I will wait and see. Rafa knows his Spanish players so I trust him. Probably the level we are at given the funds being released for transfers

    • Jezza

      “Probably the level we are at given the funds being released for transfers”

      Spot on.

    • HarryHype59

      Is he better than Mitro?

      • mactoon

        He looks more mobile and better in the air I would give him a chance before mitro. Mito is a walking yellow/red card. Playing Gayle just behind this lad may work

      • Geordiegiants

        I haven’t seen him, or even really heard of him, but my guess would be definetly YES!

    • anyobrien

      If he played 2up top gayle and the big lad I’d understand this signing but he never does.

  • Cuh

    The bigger problem is how to move Riviere

    • Geordiegiants

      It’s not going to happen, even Scumderland aren’t that desperate.

  • Essex_Toon

    Good to hear Joselu is nearly through the door. While he’s got a lot to prove, at 6 mil he’s a good deal.

    With these inflated prices I’m glad we’re not pi$$ing massive money around the place. It would be one hell of an achievement if we retained premier league status on a humble(ish) budget. It would certainly put us in a good position next year when we will kick on properly. Relegation is a much bigger problem that spans a good few years. We have to be patient.

    Rafa’s hands are tied when it comes to our spending policy, we’d all like to see more transfer progress. But I do think it’s a total disgrace what has happened to world football and the ridiculous prices for players. I don’t want to see us overspend on players and be in financial ruin.

    • anyobrien

      Well said

  • Steve Pearce

    When “Reports” turn into actual players signed I’ll be happy.

    Rafa is quickly responding to injury problems and seems to be looking for versatile players.