Time looks to have ran out for any new faces to be boarding the Newcastle United plane that flies off on Wednesday.
Rafa Benitez has so far only managed to keep Martin Dubravka at the club by triggering the £4m buyout clause, as well as taking on free transfer Ki Sung-Yueng as he was left without a club after the end of his Swansea contract.
However, the South Korean Captain won’t join up with the squad until two weeks before the season kicks off, with the midfielder having admitted it he is very unlikely to be 100% match fit by the time the Spurs match comes around.
Striker is an area that is surely top priority and news today that Newcastle put in offers for two different forwards on the same day.
The Chronicle state as fact that NUFC offered Nice £20m for Alassane Plea but it was under their asking price.
Whilst similarly, they report that the same day an offer was made for Salomon Rondon but it didn’t meet his £16,5m release clause figure.
Whilst it might take some believing for many that Newcastle were allegedly bidding around £35m for a couple of players, it is conceivable that Rafa Benitez could be interested in both strikers.
Rondon is a target man and really needs to be played through the middle, whilst Plea is more versatile and as well as playing as the main striker, he can play all across the front line as well as behind the main striker.
The Chronicle though say that as yet there has been no offer made for either Lille’s defensive midfielder Thiago Maia, or Kenedy, despite media claims elsewhere.
However, they do report, along with many others, that Newcastle are in talks with Chelsea about a potential loan deal.
Whilst the best part of half a billion pounds has been spent by Premier League clubs already, Newcastle contributing £4m of that, with the World Cup now drawing to a (hopefully exciting…) close, the transfer activity is set to get a lot busier.
Players such as Kenedy, Plea and Rondon, amongst others who are also linked with Newcastle, are all surely set to be on the move in these next four and a half weeks. If they start getting signed up by other clubs then anxiety levels will severely rise for Newcastle fans, who are yet to be convinced that Mike Ashley will even allow Rafa to break the club’s 13 year old transfer record.