January transfer deadline day has now passed and most Newcastle fans will be glad to see the back of it.
As many/most Newcastle supporters had predicted, when the window closed, Mike Ashley still hadn’t backed Rafa Benitez with a single buy.
Instead, another couple of late loan deals supplemented the earlier arrival of Kenedy, also on loan.
Whilst there were no players bought in on transfer deadline day, or indeed sold, in total there were eight loan deals in and out.
Around half an hour before the 11pm deadline, it was confirmed that Leicester City’s Islam Slimani had completed his loan move.
The striker arrives with a thigh injury but it is claimed not to be as bad as first thought, with Slimani said to have a small chance of being on the bench at Palace on Sunday, though Manchester United at home in 10 days time is more realistic.The Algerian forward has a maximum of 12 games this season, as he can’t play against parent club Leicester.
Shortly after Sky Sports confirmed Slimani had signed, the Sparta Prague goalkeeper’s agent put out on social media that his client had also signed up.
With Rob Elliot missing last night with a back injury, very likely that the 29 year old will go straight onto the bench at Palace on Sunday. His loan deal has an option for a permanent move at the end of the season.
Aarons yesterday opted to turn down a Championship relegation battle with Hull who are fourth bottom, instead signing up for a Serie A relegation battle with Hellas Verona. They are second bottom and still managed by Rafa’s former assistant Fabio Pecchia.
The forgotten Jack Colback at last agreed to move south temporarily, he has joined Daryl Murphy at Nottingham Forest and looks really happy about it (see image above).
After not starting a single Premier League game this season, Mitro’s season burst into action on Wednesday. In Belgium to sign on loan for Anderlecht, he then was left high and dry when they couldn’t afford him after an outgoing deal collapsed. A mad dash then saw him arrive in London and agree a loan deal with Fulham, they are sixth in the Championship and the Serbian could face Jack Colback at the weekend as Forest play Fulham.
The first Newcastle move agreed on January transfer deadline day. Saivet joining Turkish club Sivasspor on loan.
Once Martin Dubravka’s move went through, it was quickly confirmed that Woodman’s loan deal to Aberdeen had also been processed. They are second in the Scottish Premier, 11 points behind Celtic and three ahead of Rangers.
The Newcastle defender now faces a League Two relegation battle, after joining Crewe Alexandra on loan.