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Steve Harper says what Rafa Benitez’ January transfer priorities need to be

4 years ago

Steve Harper has been talking about the upcoming January transfer window and Newcastle United.

It is now only two weeks until the windows opens and both Rafa Benitez and the fans are desperate to see quality added to the team.

With no significant progress reported on any potential takeover, there are doubts as to just how much backing Rafa Benitez will get.

Even at the most optimistic forecast, £30m doesn’t necessarily go that far in terms of transfers these days.

Loan deals look the best bet maybe if Newcastle are to get the best quality possible, with high cost loan fees and wages for short-term gain (hopefully).

As for the identity of any transfer targets, as usual that is an unknown.

However, Steve Harper states that adding extra ‘fire power’ is by far the biggest priority.

The former Newcastle star surprised that ‘Rafa Benitez has gone on and on about a goalkeeper’.

Harper thinks a number 10 and ‘out and out centre forward’ are the big priorities and not many would disagree.

However, it has become very very clear that Rafa has been proved correct in thinking that Newcastle were desperate for a new experienced number one. Both Elliot and Darlow have shown they aren’t good enough and now we have a situation where Elliot was dropped and now it has been the same with Darlow, Elliot ending up back in nets.

Whilst the Newcastle defence looked ok at the start of the season, you can’t ignore the fact that now only Stoke out of the bottom five have conceded more than the 27 NUFC have leaked.

With the transfer window, obviously a lot of it comes down to who is available, at what price, and willing to come to Newcastle.

I think that apart from Lascelles, Merino and Gayle, no player should feel 100% safe in their position with the possibility of being replaced in January.

Steve Harper speaking on Talksport:

“The priority (for Rafa Benitez in the January transfer window) is fire power.

“They need a number 10, an out and out centre forward, and Rafa Benitez has gone on and on about a goalkeeper.

“But there are other areas in need of major surgery, before he gets a goalkeeper.”


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