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.