Newcastle United’s jettison of unwanted players has at last got into gear on Friday afternoon, with six days of the window remaining.
Firstly, confirmation that Emmanuel Riviere had left St James Park. No mention of a fee, suggesting United had had to give away the one league goal in three years striker, with Metz the lucky recipients.
Secondly, that news has been followed with Stuart Findlay heading to Kilmarnock on loan.
Turning 22 next month, the centre-back follows Roberts, Woodman and Longstaff, who all went on loan to Kilmarnock in January for a half season.
Findlay’s move is initially up until January.
As Mike Ashley might say ‘Every little/penny helps’ and hopefully if a few more end up exiting, Rafa Bentez will be giving a bit more freedom to bring players in.
Any savings on wages and any meagre return in terms of transfer fees won’t do any harm.
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘Young defender Stuart Findlay has joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan.
The 21-year-old will stay at Rugby Park until January 2018, becoming the fourth United player to have spent time on loan at Killie this year, after Freddie Woodman, Sean Longstaff and Callum Roberts enjoyed stints with the East Ayrshire outfit during the second half of last season.
It will be the centre back’s second spell with Kilmarnock, having spent time there on loan from Celtic during the 2015/16 campaign.
Findlay – a Scotland under-21 international – joined the Magpies in July 2016, and went on to make 30 appearances for the club’s under-23 side last term, scoring once.
He also made his first team debut for Newcastle in the 3-1 FA Cup replay win over Birmingham City at St. James’ Park in January this year.’