For once deadline day appears to have some meaning for Newcastle fans this January.

Instead of the usual tumbleweed blowing past the training ground, the Sky Sports reporter is having plenty news to keep himself warm.

As well as other media, the broadcaster’s Keith Downie, who covers the north east for Sky Sports, has reported that half a dozen deals in and out are happening/have happened.

Henri Saivet’s loan move to Sivasspor in Turkey has now gone through, the player flying in last night and after passing his medical, was confirmed as a loan signing today with possibility of it being made permanent in the summer.

More importantly, two incoming deals are said to have been agreed by Newcastle.

Islam Slimani is reported to be expected on Tyneside this afternoon to take a medical and finalise his loan move, though a thigh injury is said to be set to keep him out for a fortnight. No confirmation as yet in terms of whether it will include an option/clause to be made permanent.

Newcastle are also awaiting the arrival of Martin Dubravka. The 29 year old goalkeeper flying into Newcastle after finally being allowed to leave Sparta Prague after they agreed a deal for a replacement. His loan deal is said to have a permanent option attached. Rob Elliot has a back injury and this helps explains Rafa making a keeper deal a priority, which confused many fans.

In terms of outgoing, the arrival of Dubravka now means that according to Sky Sports, after appearing on the bench tonight against Burnley, Freddie Woodman will then quickly conclude a loan move to Aberdeen which will allow him to get some first team football.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is joining Anderlecht on loan until the end of the season, whilst Rolando Aarons has turned down Hull and Sky Sports report that instead he is joining Hellas Verona on loan until the summer. The Serie A club is managed by Rafa’s former assistant Fabio Pecchia.

Meanwhile, the Shields Gazette claim that Jack Colback is in talks with Nottingham Forest over a move, with no details on whether that would be loan or permanent, or bit of both…

There have also been claims that Newcastle could bring in another mystery player on loan…

So on the face of it, two in and four out today look very likely, with Colback out and another loan in, maybe also on the cards.

Obviously pleased that at last Rafa Benitez is getting some kind of freedom in trading players in and out but what a mess leaving it all until the last day, apart from the Kenedy loan deal.



  • Gary Brooks

    Bit confused here as EPL rules only allow 2 loan players at any one time. Kenedy is a loan player so one these two cannot be and we certainly cannot get another one mystery or no mystery.

    • mentalman

      two players from the premier league

      • Gary Brooks

        cheers

    • shortydave

      EPL rules only allow two loanees from other EPL clubs – so Kenedy & Slimani ..the keeper is from Prague, and the mystery player could be an outright purchase (or non existent, which would be more believable)

      • Gary Brooks

        cheers fella

  • Gary Brooks

    Cheers lads did not read the instructions properly.

  • Coble’s Return

    Well, I’m heading off to Rosie’s early – the place is going to be bouncing after this news!

  • Dillon Tovak

    Would rather Aaron’s went to Hull, it would be a better barometer for how ready he is for us.

    • Alex

      Exactly. For football, you’d choose Hull over Verona. For a jolly, you’d choose Verona over Hull. Despite who Verona’s boss is, he’s chosen the lifestyle option. Another one with talent but no dedication and desire to develop.

      • Dillon Tovak

        On the other hand, I’m always thinking English players don’t have the nuts to play in a different country and get out their comfort zone.
        But yeah, Hull would be tougher for him and better apprenticeship for the battle he’ll face at Newcastle.

      • Martin Rooney

        But Hellas Verona’s manager is Rafa’s mate and needs a hand.

  • JonMag

    the whole transfer saga is a complete [email protected]@k up. only at Nufc.
    a keeper & an injured striker, that`ll keep the dimwits happy

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    I’ll believe someone is actually being signed once there is a photo of them at St James’

  • Dillon Tovak

    Sky Sports used to be pretty reliable, now they report a story as fact before it’s actually complete. Fully becoming a televised version of The Sun.

    • FatParosite

      Twas ever thus.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Aye,full of t*ts 🤣🤣

    • Phil Yare

      know exactly what you mean

  • Milo79

    So our best possible outcome is to sign a keeper we don’t need, a defender with no experience, and a striker who cannot play for the next two or three crucial weeks of the season. Ashley has totally redeemed himself.

    • MadMag83

      And all on loan, zero money spent as usual. Further proof that Ashley is gambling on finishing 17th, pocketing the TV money and crossing his chubby digits for an improved takeover bid.

      We’ll need to sign done players in the summer, because that 46 game championship season ain’t half long!

      • Martin Rooney

        Loans do usually cost a fee and agents get their share to.

        • MadMag83

          Fees recouped by loaning out players mate

        • MadMag83

          Money recouped from loaning out players.

    • Ram Kishore

      Why blame Ashley for signing a keeper?.. it’s Rafa’s decision..
      Slagging off Ashley for a keeper signing shows you r blinded with hatred for Ashley.. hate him..but with right reasons lol

  • MadMag83

    Don’t worry lads, Ashley’s minion trolls will be along soon to put a positive spin on it. 👍

    • len robson

      There here in force already.

      • MadMag83

        Must be half term at the looney bin.

  • Marco

    Why complain about loan signings? If the club’s for sale you can’t expect them to fork out decent money. At least they’ll give us a chance to stay in the prem then we can build with a better budget once we get new owners in (PLEASE). Some people on here would twist on 21, anything for a whinge ffs

    • Dillon Tovak

      It’s impossible to have another move on 21, to be precise 😂

    • Coble’s Return

      Granted, but why then claim that the club’s transfer record is about to be broken? If this is the way it was always going to be, why not state at the start of the window that the strategy was to strengthen through loan acquisitions due to the on going position regarding the sale?

      • mentalman

        maybe the club gave the fans too much credit and thought they would work it out for themselves. Was it an official press release from the club saying we were going to break the transfer record?

  • 1957

    Has Elliot inherited the back injury from Mitrovic…

    • Rich Lawson

      No he caught it of Lascelles,are we now using agency workers for physio’ in the medical dep’t ?

  • Rich Lawson

    Slimani is a great (possible) signing,but injured without playing a game,ffs you just couldn’t make this stuff up !

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      He is good, tbph, he seems a better option than the Danish lad.

      • Rich Lawson

        Absolutely,I seem to rmbr his 1st couple of games for Leicester were really good ?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          the slight drawback is he can’t play today and v Palace, he also will miss Leicester and maybe Man yoo. He has 9 games to shine!!!

          • Dillon Tovak

            Jesus, that’s a bit depressing.

  • Martin Rooney

    Any UK TV stations cover Belgian football, it’ll be great to see a Newcastle player banging the goals in a top flight league for the first time in years.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      you mean Sels?

  • joe mac

    the keeer looks good on youtube!!!…probly where ashley told rafa to look!

    • Ram Kishore

      Lol..that’s awesomatic speculation

      • Dillon Tovak

        But probably spot on.

  • Ram Kishore

    Just came across a piece of headline
    How to get a work permit??
    By Chronicle
    Lee Ryder..😂😂

  • Dave H Leazes

    So if Slimani signs as expected we could field a team with a Christian and a Jesus, and a Mohammed with Islam,
    God must be on Mike’s side eh wot! 😂

    • Ram Kishore

      Gods must be on our side to stave off relegation
      God has come to terms with Ashley owning Newcastle united..

  • Rich Lawson

    Apparently things are being slowed up by Ashley making a last minute loan bid for
    Philip Green’s yacht but still haggling about paying all of the crew’s wages.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Wish the fat tw*t had been on Maxwell’s yacht all those years ago !

      • Rich Lawson

        That’s probably what overbalanced Big Bob ?

        • Peaky Magpie

          Either that are his employees pensions…another thieving fat fu**a !

        • Coble’s Return

          Ha Ha – “What are you doing on this side of the boat you fat – aaarrgggghhhh” Ashley would keep the sharks fed for a good few weeks. Sir David Attenborough could make a new series about the wildlife living off his carcass.

          • kingfisher

            Carcass of unknown species of giant whale found on beach ! 10 tons of blubber with a S.D bag full of cheap s**t round it’s neck ! 🐳🐳🐳

  • TheFatController

    Seems Leicester rarely play Slimani ahead of Vardy as an up top striker, but that when he does play there he justifies the £30m price tag.

    So as loans go, to get an experienced, mature, international, PL experienced striker is better than we could have hoped for given the mess this window has been.

    Given he’ll be 30 in the summer, unless Ashley sells up I think he’ll just need a 6 month contract on a house to rent…

  • Phil Yare

    an injured striker and a goalkeeper on loan? that’s if the clowns can work out how to use a fax machine in the next 8 hours

  • Mike Adam

    Really, an injured 29 year old striker. Not sure he is an improvement over the 23 year old Mitro. But maybe he fits Rafa’s system better. Only Rafa knows, I will give it a chance, unlike Rafa gave Mitro.

    • Phil Yare

      rafas really rates him apparently. pity about the other lads he signed cos apart from merino they are a shower of s**t

      • Peaky Magpie

        Should have kept big Daryl,regardless of age streets ahead of The Hoss.

        • Phil Yare

          absolutely, yet we are reminded that joselu is a cheap stop gap! keeping murphy and not buying him is a upgrade on quality and saves a few quid in transfer fees and wages

  • hetonmag

    It’s a good job we have Rafa because the previous management wouldn’t have got the fat lad on the phone and warned him the dire consequences of not getting any new faces in.

    • Phil Yare

      nobody has signed today so far

      • hetonmag

        Is that correct but there some movement which wasn’t there previously.

        • Phil Yare

          i think that was just the lads getting a pizza delivered

          • Peaky Magpie

            Plenty of extra Salami !!!

          • hetonmag

            Beat me to it 😤

          • Peaky Magpie

            Just

          • hetonmag

            Is that with Slimani topping.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Would have liked them to take a punt on Torres til the end of the season but I think we will be done now…..has nee fu**a took Colback yet ???

    • hetonmag

      Word has it there’s a mystery signing in the pipeline could it be Torres he would do a job for us I think, as for Colback supposed to be having talks with Forest.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Let’s see what the next 7 hours bring…probably nowt but 🤞

        • TheFatController

          Maybe we can turn Torres’ head with the temptation of a SD mug and bag for life …?

          • Peaky Magpie

            That would seal the deal…..

          • MadMag83

            There’s one SD mug we can’t give away….

      • kingfisher

        I’ve always had a suspicion that they may go for Big Andy !

        • HarryHype59

          He is injured again!

    • TheFatController

      Colback’s probably on more the Torres….

    • kingfisher

      Haway man Peaky, try and keep up. Did you not see the Whitley Bay Guardian last week? Whitley Bay and Bedlington Terriers are after Colback.(I assume they will play him in the reserves at first to get him up to speed) 🤣

    • MadMag83

      Colback is being linked with Sunderland 😂

      • Peaky Magpie

        They would sling him blindfolded and weighted down from Roker Pier.🤣

      • kingfisher

        And Nottingham Forest !

        • relaxed

          He has gone on loan to Forest

  • wheyayeman

    Surely you don’t actually think we are going to be as extravagant as to literally loan a player on deadline day prior to relegation 3 do you?

  • wheyayeman

    You lot need to calm down! Surely you don’t actually think we are going to be as extravagant as to LITERALLY loan a player on deadline day whilst staring into the abyss of relegation no 3 do you? The only incoming is more (insert expletive) about not being able to get (insert players name we were never lifting a finger to sign in the first place) over the line. Rafa’s feedback after this one will be fun to watch.

    • MadMag83

      Had to laugh at Talksport, their north east reporter claims Newcastle have no money to spend so Rafa is relying on loan deals.

      Where has the money gone?! Makes you wonder if the supposed bids for players were ever serious.

      • HarryHype59

        The Fat one has collected two lump sums from this years TV money according to the Chronicle.

  • GToon

    Totally underwhelmed by our transfer business so far. If we’d brought in a young keeper for the future, signed a local lad who can play left back and got an aggressive forward I would have been quite optimistic. Those are the players we have got rid of though plus a few more to bring in an injured forward and a keeper who is untested at this level. I hope this is what Rafa wanted as it doesn’t look great to me for a club fighting relegation. Yet again it looks like a money saving exercise rather than a statement showing we intend to fight for our place at the trough.

  • Jonas

    Don’t know why people are mystified about Rafa’s constant interest in bringing in a goalkeeper.
    neither Eliot nor Darlow have any business in the PL