Wednesday morning brings a report of Rafa Benitez making offers for two Premier League strikers.

The January transfer window now in its third day and up to now the rumour mill very quiet.

However, the Northern Echo state that Newcastle have put in two loan bids.

Rafa did say ahead of the window that he wanted signings in by 15 January or at the very latest, 20 January.

The Northern Echo:

Rafael Benitez remains determined to land a new striker before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, and has lodged loan offers for Leicester’s Islam Slimani and Liverpool’s Danny Ings.’

Danny Ings will surely head out of Liverpool in January, most likely on loan.

The former Burnley striker has only made 11 Premier League starts for Liverpool since arriving two and a half years ago and this season has managed only 11 minutes in two substitute appearances.

Injuries have played a major part in him being missing in previous seasons but Ings has played regularly for the reserves this season and looks on his way out. In his time at the club Liverpool’s sights have been raised and when they next strengthen, the scousers will looking above and beyond his level.

Not that he isn’t a decent target for Newcastle but with any number of clubs reported to be after him, it is difficult to see NUFC winning any ‘race’, certainly not if it is Mike Ashley controlling the purse strings.

As for Islam Slimani, it was assumed he would be definitely be leaving this month, and that might well still be the case, but a surprise selection on Monday has complicated things.

With Jamie Vardy injured, Slimani started and scored in the 3-0 win over Huddersfield, the likes of big summer signing Iheanacho left on the bench.

Even if the Algerian international does leave, it looks sure to be on a permanent deal. He turns 30 in the summer and there would be no logic in Leicester not cashing in now if he is going to leave. Monday’s match was only his second Premier League start of the season, though he did score four goals in three League Cup appearances.

With plenty of clubs at the bottom end of the table ready to gamble and spend money to try and bring in goals, what position will Rafa Benitez be in to compete for the likes of Ings and Slimani, or any other targets on the horizon?



  • Paul Patterson

    Our win at Stoke has made the table look a little healthier, but we still need some firepower up front.

    • Michael Smith

      we`re only 2 points above the relegation zone

      • mentalman

        depending on results we are only a win away from 10th

        • TheFatController

          The main factor about league position is that you can guarantee all the clubs around us won’t be sat on their hands or wallets in this window.

          They’ll all strengthen.

          • ghostrider

            In January, strengthen can also mean the opposite.
            It’s about finding quality and not just gap filling quantity.

          • Michael Smith

            exactly

          • mentalman

            every team bar us will buy in january but a lot of it will be panic buying which could have a negative impact and not necessarily strengthening.

            There’ll be 1 or 2 clubs that actually do some good business and pull away from the pack

      • Steve

        If you’re a glass half empty person yes. For the glass half full among us, we’re also only 3 points off the top ten.

        • Paul Patterson

          @disqus_dbyzrvUT2k:disqus
          We’ve just beaten a team near us, we’ve done doubles over West Ham and Stoke, Watford are getting dragged down, Southampton have dropped like a stone, Swansea are getting mullered, West Brom are struggling and Huddersfield and Brighton (who some fans have pointed to as clubs that have spent better than we have) are just above us and dropping.
          Personally, with a signing or two I think we’ll be alright.

        • Michael Smith

          dream on

          • Steve

            No dreaming Michael, it’s a fact

      • Down Under Mag

        And one game off 10th. The league is tight at the bottom and we need to keep pushing, but it’s hard to see the likes of Swansea, Stoke and West Brom getting enough points on the board the way they are playing. It could well be a case of us staying up because other teams are worse than us rather than us earning our own survival. Much depends on the other sides and their own January windows. Something tells me they will end up spending a significant amount more than we will!

  • 1957

    The problem with Slimani will be Leicester wanted to sell him rather than loan him out to. Taking aside Mike’s reluctance to buy anyone over 25, I thought Slimani cost Leicester around €25m and they would be looking for a good proportion of that back. Ings is the more likely.

    • Paul Patterson

      I haven’t seen much of him, (Ings) but will he get goals? What’s his fitness like?

      • 1957

        He wouldn’t be my choice, his record in a full season with Burnley (when they were relegated) was very much on a par with Mitrovic’s first season with us. Slimani isn’t much better 7 goals in 23 in his first season, a lot Godin appearances though.

        • mentalman

          i would guess they would score more than joselu although they may not defend as much as he does

      • Vladimir Biggski

        Ings is a waste of time

        • Mitros gotta start

          Wow….should we try and get neymar or kane on loan instead?

    • NUFCDan

      Not sure I buy the Slimani link anyway. Too similar too Mitro, its why he hasn’t done too well at Leicester whose play relies on fast counter attacks.

      • Vladimir Biggski

        He’s better than mitro

        • Mitros gotta start

          Not according to the stats he isnt….but dont let the facts get in the way of a good story

        • NUFCDan

          He’s got more ability than Mitro but if you look at who Rafa wanted in the summer Hernandez, Abraham, Bakambu he wants someone as an upgrade on Gayle not a 6ft+ target man.

    • Vladimir Biggski

      With the extra £100m tv money we should have money to spend

  • Mrkgw

    Either would surely strengthen the side. I hope that moves are with the intention of buying in the longer term as the squad needs a cash injection.

  • ghostrider

    The sensible thing is to take strikers on loan, not buy.
    By taking strikers on loan we have a much better chance of getting close to their best efforts, as long as Rafa uses them correctly.
    If after being on loan and hopefully doing well for us and they decide they want to sign for us, then great.
    If they’re just using us as a stepping stone, then no problem because we get the best of their efforts and can send them on their way which leaves us a summer of rebuild.

    So, whether it’s Slimani or Ings or Carroll or any other striker that can effect a game….bring them on but just be mindful of the sick notes when it comes to offering contracts after loan spells.

    • mentalman

      i personally would look for loan signings who have a chance of a call up for their international teams for the world cup but aren’t getting games for their domestic team

      • ghostrider

        Not a bad shout at all. A certain gee up most likely.

      • cmrowley

        imagine that, if we could land a young, hungry, powerful front man who has been banging them in for their country, is heading to the world cup but not able to get a decent chance in the 1st team he currently plays for…

        • Mitros gotta start

          ^^^^^canny^^^^^

  • robbersdog

    I remember the days when we used to sign forwards like Shearer, Ferdinand, Asprilla and Kluivert; and now we’re looking at a couple of loan signings who can’t hack it elsewhere.

    Yes, Slimani and Ings would no doubt be an upgrade on Joselu, but I don’t think they’re any better than Gayle and neither fills me with any enthusiasm. We’re scraping the transfer-market barrel under Ashley, and only a change of ownership will give us any hope of a brighter future.

    • Vladimir Biggski

      Slimani looked very good in their last game.

    • 1ewis

      Not sure about Ings since he has not played for more than a year. Slimani would be an upgrade to Joselu.

  • FatParosite

    This is who we are under Ashley. Many have sat in the stands & made no motion to remove him & should be content at what Ashley dishes up it is their fault nearly as much as it is Ashley’s. We won’t get even bargain basement signings because of Naymar & the world moving on. Ashley has not been sat in the NUFC driving seat with the engine turned off, he has been reversing for more than half the time he has been in NE1. Thank the fans.

  • SAMTHECAT

    Newcastle buy a 30 year old-no chance.

  • Mitros gotta start

    Batshuayi on loan should be Rafas 1st phone call

  • Mitros gotta start

    Would anyone on here swap shelvey for carroll?
    They want shelvey we want a striker….probably similar valuations aswell

    • Vladimir Biggski

      No way. He is injury prone and settled with a lass down there. He’s class on his day but could be a problem. Shelvey is arguably our best player although he has competition now from merino. I’d like to see Shelvey in a more advanced role with a proper striker in front.

      Why should we have to sell to buy? Where is the tv money?
      Has that dissapeared into the sports direct coffers with all our merchandise sales and club shop profits from the past 10 years?

      • Mitros gotta start

        The money has gone in the fat pigs belly…..lager and vindaloo at the curry house

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Carroll, when fit, almost guaranteed enough goals to stay up.