I was expecting this to be a tough January transfer window to get through.
We should be hardened to it by now as Newcastle fans but it is the hope that kills you.
Player after player linked and even though the Mike Ashley years have taught you not to hope for anything positive, you can’t help but sometimes forgetting yourself.
The scene was already set for this particular January transfer window with Rafa Benitez feeling that he had no choice to go public in December, saying he hoped/expected that the money which was promised but not spent in the summer, would be available as a starting point to his budget this month.
Now six days in and the signs are anything but good, with Rafa yesterday stating that he still doesn’t know what money, if anything, he has to spend.
So we appear to be hoping for loan deals, though even they cost money so I’m not holding my breath.
The likely lack of cash for Rafa Benitez to spend, has not stopped the newspapers launching story after story, linking Newcastle with potential signing after potential signing.
Maybe though the very worst January transfer window story has now just been published, with still some 25 days left to go.
No surprise to see it is The Mirror carrying it…
‘Rafa Benitez is keen on doing a deal for Joe Hart this month.
The Newcastle boss was interested in signing the England keeper last summer but was beaten to him by West Ham.
But now Hart has lost his place to Spanish keeper Adrian at West Ham, Newcastle have made discreet enquiries again to see if they could get him now.
It would take West Ham, Hart’s parent club Manchester City and the 30-year-old keeper to agree to end his current loan to make it happen.
But Hart is on £120,000-a-week, despite West Ham paying a loan fee, it is a big chunk of West Ham’s wage bill and it remains to be seen whether they would think about letting him go.
Hart will be concerned that if he is not playing then he will lose his England place for next summer’s World Cup.
Newcastle are in the middle of takeover plans but Benitez is likely to be given funds to spend in January to ensure they do not go down.’
It is no secret that Rafa Benitez is desperate to bring in a new first choice goalkeeper, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow are two honest keepers who do their best but are basically Championship level, able to have small runs of decent performances but not the consistency to be a Premier League number one.
However, it would be just a little bit amazing if Rafa was to see the solution as being to bring in the goalkeeper who has been the worst one in the Premier League this season. Only Stoke have conceded more than the Hammers.
You may have given Joe Hart the benefit of the doubt back then (in the summer), he had a horrific time at Torino as they conceded a massive 66 goals in 38 Serie A games. Hart played 36 of the 38 matches and only one other club who wasn’t relegated conceded more than Hart/Torino.
Joe Hart has leaked 30 goals in just 14 Premier League matches this season, without him West Ham have only conceded 10 goals in the other eight games.
The Newcastle manager may well have taken the Man City keeper back in the summer but with Hart’s confidence now truly shot, there is zero chance of this deal happening.