After seven weeks of this summer transfer window, Newcastle United have still only ‘splashed out’ £4m.
Martin Dubravka now signed on permanently and Ki Sung-Yueng arriving as a free transfer after his Swansea contract ran out.
With Dubravka expected and the South Korean midfielder seen as more of a squad signing, fair to say that the transfer window hasn’t really taken off for Newcastle fans so far.
This entertaining World Cup has obviously helped in deflecting some of the negativity at the lack of action but as the clock ticks on, supporters wonder if this is going to be another summer of continuing to tread water. With Rafa Benitez trying to keep our heads above the surface with a raft made of budget materials, as the competition sail ever further away by showing relative ambition.
Recent days have at least being more interesting where transfer speculation is concerned, after weeks and weeks of the newspapers even giving up on inventing Newcastle transfer interest stories, we have now seen a succession of claims linking NUFC to high value players/signings.
Newcastle fans are split on how they see this, not necessarily with fans on either side of the debate, but really individual supporters wavering between the two opinions.
On the one hand you have the cynical/sceptical part of you wondering whether it is simply very convenient that links to big money signings have come along as the renewal deadline for season tickets was on Tuesday.
On the other hand, you look at the situation as with now only five weeks to go the transfer market is set to get very lively, and as deals are done and players allowed to leave, Newcastle United are set to do their fair share of trading this time.
Suddenly, we saw claims/reports that Newcastle were serious about bids for all of Andros Townsend, Kenedy and Alassane Plea, a trio who could easily cost up to £70m.
Even the most cautious of us could feel a little bit that this kind of trading could be possible, when at the same time there are reports/claims of players such as Merino, Mitrovic, Ritchie and Mbemba, potentially leaving for a combined £50m or more.
The hardcore doubters point to now that the season ticket renewal deadline has passed, many of the reports on potential big money signings appear to be going the way of suggesting various issues could stop any/all of them happening.
What does look certain though is that for any chance of these type of (relatively) stellar signings happening, Newcastle do need to offload a fair few players first/at the same time.
Like the rest of you, I do want to believe it.
That Rafa Benitez has made a couple of cute signings so far in Dubravka and Ki Sung-Yueng but that finally he is also going to be backed in bringing in at least a couple of players who will confirm that he is being fully supported.
However, for my own mental state I will have to keep to my usual reasoning, in that I will believe it when I see it.
That is what 11 years of Mike Ashley has done to myself and thousands of others, the reality is that Rafa Benitez can only do so much by himself, if starved of realistic funds once again then we will all once again be paddling furiously to stay afloat.
If players who can create and score goals are not signed, then you are always going to be up against it.