Newcastle United set to see major action in the final week of this January transfer window?
Yesterday brought confirmation that Kenedy had arrived at Newcastle Central Station and will be having his medical today.
The last 24 hours have also been filled with claims of Newcastle United being set to sign a £20m striker.
Clearly somebody has been briefing journalists, as they are all carrying the story and trying to hint that they know more…
Pete Graves of Sky Sports:
“All Newcastle fans want to know the identity of this striker target, but it’s a sensitive situation.
“Told the fee is 20m, but club determined to keep it quiet till it’s done, to avoid added competition.”
The Chronicle stating:
‘We understand that negotiations are underway for a new front man and it is believed that the selling club will expect Newcastle to break their current transfer fee of £16million IF the Magpies can pull it off.’
If we sign a £20m striker then I would be astounded. If we buy a £20m anything, ever, I would be astounded under Ashley.
I reckon Rafa would have £20m at very most as a budget this month/week and that will include paying any signings’ wages for next six months.
Think we will probably sign another similar level loan player on kind of Kenedy level/price and it will be revealed that the £20m bid for anonymous/imaginary striker just failed to get over the line and he needs to stay anonymous/imaginary as we will go after him in the summer etc etc.
In the meantime, George Caulkin of The Times has been digging and following up various names that have been suggested to him.
So far he has investigated as to whether 21 year old Moussa Dembele of Celtic and has been assured that he isn’t a/the target for Newcastle.
Likewise, he has checked up on Kevin Gameiro and has been told it definitely isn’t him. As he turns 31 in May and is a fading force at Atletico Madrid, it would be very very unlikely that any fee for him would be matching the Newcastle 13 year old £16m transfer record, never mind up around £20m.
It is very difficult to believe that any significant/expensive (by Newcastle standards under Ashley) buys will be made this month and if they were, it would surely beg the question as to why Rafa wasn’t allowed to get on with the job in the summer, or at the very latest at the onset of this January window.
Claims of £20m strikers are surely the work of the Mike Ashley PR machine, so let us just hope that the couple of cheap and cheerful loan deals, such as Kenedy, Ashley will allow Rafa, are enough to help avert relegation.