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Steve Harper positive about Newcastle’s transfer window after Rafa Benitez visit

3 years ago

Steve Harper has been talking about Newcastle United and the summer transfer window.

Today is the 44th day of the transfer window with only another 41 days to go, yet the former Newcastle keeper is very relaxed.

Not a single new face has been signed so far, with only Martin Dubravka’s loan switch becoming permanent.

Despite that, Steve Harper declares ‘I’m not worried about the situation’, which doesn’t quite match up with how most fans are feeling.

He thinks that with the World Cup being on, it is no surprise that not much/any business has happened so far.

Which is true up to a point, although in total Premier League clubs have collectively spent over £350m on new signings, NUFC contributing only the £4m to that total.

Harper does think that after the World Cup is over, we will see a hectic period, when he expects Newcastle to make their fair share of signings.

Backing up his opinion, Steve Harper points to Rafa Benitez travelling to St James Park for talks this week.

Obviously what was said hasn’t been made public, but much of the media claimed that it was discuss (lack of?) transfer business.

Harper says ”so talks are underway, which can only be a good sign’, let’s hope he is proved right.

Friday afternoon has seen newspaper reports saying Ki Sung-yueng has held talks with Newcastle and is expected to sign shortly.

Having completed his medical the 29 year old can now sign on a free transfer, reaction to this imminent deal hasn’t exactly been ecstatic, much depending on who else is brought in by 5pm on Thursday 9 August.

Steve Harper speaking to ITV:

“I’m not worried about the (Newcastle transfer window) situation.

“Because every time there’s a big tournament on, whether it be Euros or World Cup, things tend to go quiet – not much business has gone on.

“The slight concern is when the World Cup finishes, there is quite a short window until the season starts and the window closes early, so hopefully it will be a hectic few weeks.

“I think a positive sign is that the manager was up in Newcastle the other day.

“So talks are underway, which can only be a good sign.”


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