Newcastle signings are what all fans hope to see very soon.

Obviously Rafa Benitez signing an extension would be by far the most encouraging news of ambition at the club…but failing, that getting the first one or two signings over the line would at least start to build some confidence.

Martin Dubravka is the most obvious one to happen quickly, with a bargain £4m price already agreed between the clubs before his loan spell, it would appear to be simply common sense for the keeper to be signed up as soon as possible.

We are already heading towards the end of the first week of the Summer Transfer Window and obviously daft for anybody to panic.

At the same time, Newcastle fans just want to see some proof, as early as possible, that Rafa Benitez is being allowed to target players at the necessary level.

That doesn’t mean money no object, or indeed that Newcastle have to break their 13 year old club transfer record, but Rafa has to have the backing to do so, if he sees fit.

The reality of course, is that it is very difficult to see Newcastle landing all of the better quality players that they need, unless that £16.8m Michael Owen transfer fee is bettered. Especially when it comes to bringing in the quality goalscorer the team is crying out for.

As well as the transfer fee, Michael Owen was paid £110,000 per week wages over the four years he was at Newcastle, massive money 13 years ago.

That was ridiculous, especially when he gave so little back, but it is equally ridiculous if fans now, and in particular Mike Ashley of course, don’t see that the reality these days is that you have to pay the going rate.

On Tuesday morning the Chronicle have published a piece, short on facts and a lot of conjecture, but still of some interest.

As well as saying Newcastle will be looking to clear a number of better paid players off the wage bill – Colback, Saivet, Mbemba and of course Mitrovic who is also set to leave, the report also points out that the club will have to be prepared to pay bigger wages, even potentially ‘more than £100,000’ (see below).

Newcastle paid £14m for Jonjo Shelvey back in January 2016, Ashley forced into a corner with relegation looming, so finally allowing the club to buy established Premier League players (Townsend bought for similar fee that month) on Premier League wages.

Shelvey is Newcastle’s best paid player on £80,000 a week and remember, this was the going rate for that level of Premier League signing two and a half years ago.

Of course the amounts of money players are paid these days is ridiculous but it is what it is. You either pay the going rate or else players don’t sign for you.

Newcastle can’t afford another summer of signing Joselus, Atsus and Manquillos.

Hopefully Rafa can find another one or two like Martin Dubravka who are value for money gems others don’t see BUT at the same time he has to be backed to buy at least two or three players who go beyond that Michael Owen transfer fee…and wages.

Kenedy would be a great start to that and who knows, we may even get him a little bit cheaper than that if NUFC go in bold now with a realistic offer.

The Chronicle:

Many of their targets will command big weekly wage bills with some players asking for more than £100,000 per week this summer.

Newcastle may not only have to break their transfer record of £16million – paid way back in 2005 for Michael Owen from Real Madrid – but also smash their own wage structure if they are going to be able to compete.

As it stands Jonjo Shelvey is Newcastle’s biggest earner on around £80,000 per week.

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  • Wezza147

    Of course MA won’t allow the wage structure, based on penny pinching as much as possible, to be upped.
    I agree with Jezza, Dubravka will be signed then nothing for weeks and weeks.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He should have been signed already but that lot don`t want to pay his salary during the close season, that`s the bottom line & it doesn`t bode well for the future

      • nevfur

        I think the international transfer window doesn’t open until June 8. Not that I’m backing Chumley Warner though.

        • Alex

          There must be some kind of ‘option expiry’ date built into the £4m Dubravka fee, otherwise his own club would be touting him around for double that price.

          Having said that, I’ve not ever seen a date reported anywhere. That price won’t be available all summer, so Penfold needs to wrap it up at some point soon or it ain’t going to happen, and his club will be able to negotiate a higher price.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Dubravka also has the last word so if he`s messed about and another good club comes in for him he`ll be offski,
            best heat the deal done Asap, but it`s Penfold we`re talking about it takes him all day to wake up

          • Martin Rooney

            Who knows the paper work isn’t signed and as soon as the transfer window opens the contract is applied?
            The truth is the transfer window of both club’s FA’s isn’t open so nothing can be officially completed.

            That’s it, no conspiracy theories, nothing under hand, nowt.

          • Damon Horner

            No confirmed agreements doesn’t necessarily mean no movement or conclusion I agree. The players are on their holidays from now i’d suspect and feeling this is a formality, I think Dubravka is happy to wait even if no deal’s agreed.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The option would usually expire with the loan deal on 30 June, the Czech window is not open until June so we have a month to secure things, the negotiation will be with the player himself but nothing can be announced until the window opens.

          • Leazes.

            He’s on our books until 30th June…. the very same day as the accounting period is due…..

          • nevfur

            He will be under contract until end of June but would be nice to see the deal done asap

  • Guest 2

    The Chron once again referenced ‘The Board’. Shows how much attention they pay, and the standard of the so called ‘journalism’.
    That piece yesterday about the prior wage bill was even more vomit inducing. Seems they are nothing more than an editorial mouthpiece for the Trinity Group, the Mirrors (preferred media partner) owner.
    Even Simon Bird’s criticisms have been silenced.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Wages like fees are relative to an owners ambition. MA has clearly stated that he doesn’t have the disposable income or willingness to break into the top 6. This is why Rafa will see out his contract without signing a new one. Our only hope is a takeover and I don’t even think he, the greedy one, wants that. More of the same I’m afraid until Rafa reluctantly walks next Spring. After that anything could happen!

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      so it’s relegation in 2020 then.

      • Lostprofit DBC

        As I say, anything can then happen. My own view is that MA couldn’t keep the fans with a lesser appointment so he would sell for less. At that point Rafa could even return. I think relegation is part of a slippery slope that would be further off.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Newcastle go in bold, that`s Penfold we`re talking about.
    Oh Dear

  • Leazes.

    Ryder in Wonderland or bin-dipping-land?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose


  • Atsu is a very capable player and should not be mentioned with Manquillo or Joss.
    He’s had a few injuries but has been very solid for the team.

  • Martin Rooney

    ‘Kenedy would be a great start to that and who knows, we may even get him a little bit cheaper than that if NUFC go in bold now with a realistic offer.’

    cheaper than what, realistic, whats realistic and when was being realistic ever BOLD?
    WTF have i just read