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.



  • jack

    All smoke and mirrors again , sure I’ve heard all this before , season after season of lies , and press manipulation.

  • Paul Patterson

    IF Rafa wants Rondon AND Kenedy, it’s shocking that the club won’t back him to get these two for what is a reported £36.5m net, BEFORE sales and solve two positions in the process . .

    • Rich Lawson

      I think you have hi lighted the problem there Paul, BEFORE sales,and no guarantee the money goes in the pot if then.

  • Rich Lawson

    ”And another minute went by”

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Didn’t we ‘bid’ for Plea on the day of the deadline for season ticket reknewls….

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Don`t believe a word of it, not when it comes from Ryders fools at the chron

  • Peaky

    Cavani,Mbappe,Hazard & Lukaku will all be Newcastle players by the time the season kicks off…..if they can make a load of bollox up then so can I……

    • Rich Lawson

      We’ll have to leave a couple on the bench or let them play in the U23’s tho’.

      • Peaky

        Aye,fair comment.

  • Peaky

    On the plus side….if Kenedy only does come on a season long loan it’ll save a bit of money if him and Rafa just share the same leaving do come May 2019.

    • TheNutJob

      Kenedy is only coming here because of Rafa, Monkseaton will have pre ordered tickets for Rafa & Kenedy`s leaving party next May.
      🍸🍸🍨🍨🎉🎈🎈🎈🎂🎂🎁🎁

      • Peaky

        They could kick things off with a big ‘Macarena’….🕺🕺

        • TheNutJob

          😂😂😂

  • TheNutJob

    leazes will be here shortly as soon as he`s finished sucking a couple of lemons
    🍋🍋

    • Peaky

      Think he needs to see ‘someone’…

    • Leazes.

      Are you the flipping doorman or summat?

      • TheNutJob

        just waiting for you to rip this article apart

        • Leazes.

          Oh….I never read the articles…waste of time!

  • TheNutJob

    see May wanted Penfold to lead Brexit but Fatty wouldn`t release him as he`d have to employ a new MD who might do something stupid like get a bid accepted
    😵😵😵

    • Wor Lass

      She asked Leazes to do it but he doesn`t know – he`s blocked her!

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂
        prepare for promotion, from idiot to moron

        • Wor Lass

          You obviously know the drill. I felt quite honoured the other day. I`ll know I`ve really made it when he starts asking your lad what I said!!

          • TheNutJob

            wor kids in trouble, i seen a post before when he called
            leazes an idiot.

          • TheNutJob

            see Bri`s post above, he`s on happy baccy thinking Fatty may spent £50m

          • Wor Lass

            He might if Rafa pulls in £60 mill!

          • TheNutJob

            and the rest

          • Wor Lass

            … a week!

  • Brian Standen

    Will we still have the negativity when Kennedy signs? Ok I admit it only brings us to where we were last season …… but what if a quality forward comes in….. or another quality midfield player…… things are progressing whether people like it or not!
    Ok no sign of Ashley departing but let’s jyst say we did spend £50 million in the next fortnight?
    Unlikely but not out the question!

    • TheNutJob

      If, it`s alway`s if, as for the Fat Gringo spending £50m i think you need to have a lis down. by the way even with Kenedy we aren`t even back to where we were in May

      • Duh

        depends what you define as where we were in may.
        I guess you are talking about the fact slimani has left but I guess we now have world cup striker mitro on his way back.
        personally, I think mitro will go and we will get someone else in, it won’t be a sensation and we will have to see how that person performs over the season – back to the ifs

        • TheNutJob

          I mean exactly what i said, we`re losing a £10m player replaced by a free signing that downgraded the squad

          • Duh

            I think that is debatable. Merino had promise but he could not dislodge Diame and Shelvey. If I recall, even Hayden was getting in ahead of him.;
            I thought Merino looked fantastic initially but when he came back after his back injury, I thought he looked very poor.
            Just because Ki was a free transfer, does not mean he is worth nothing.

          • Wor Lass

            I agree with that. Merino struggled for fitness in Germany as well. A shame becuse he did look the biz in the early days.

          • TheNutJob

            I didn`t say he was worth nothing, it`s simple maths you bring in £10m replaced for ziltch = a downgrade

          • Duh

            by that logic, it we signed modric, for example, on a free transfer, that would also be a downgrade?

          • Wor Lass

            No, that would be a miracle!

          • Duh

            I can agree with that

          • Wor Lass

            I bet he`s on more money than Merino.

          • Duh

            so is Colback probably

      • Brian Standen

        As below Slimani was a none event, Merino is a disappointing obviously but don’t think we are weaker than last season

        50 million? I would reckon highly unlikely – but you never know

        • Duh

          Only if they sell Mitro, Merino as well as a couple others like Ritchie or Gayle.
          In that scenario, I guess it’s possible to see Townsend re-signed, a 20-25m striker and a reasonably decent full back

          Net spend I would say will be 20m max. as a guess

    • Wor Lass

      Chronicle reporting he“s on his way, Brian!

      • Brian Standen

        Well it’s a loan job so still another £45 million to go. But here is hoping

        • TheNutJob

          not to worry Bri, we`ll get there in the end

  • TheNutJob

    Kenedy due in Toon for a medical
    👍👍

    • Wor Lass

      That`s where Leazes is – he`s on the roof of the airport with a “Viva la Rafalucion” banner.

      • TheNutJob

        you want to hope he`s watching the telly & not reading your posts
        Michael`s along the quayside with the old man

        • Wor Lass

          I can`t help being a bit frivolous on such a momentous day.

          • TheNutJob

            at least things are looking up thanks to Rafa

  • Nut

    Merhino left because to put it simply he couldn’t cut it. He couldn’t dislodge Shelvey/Diame last season and he felt like that was going to be the case in the future at least for the foreseeable, ultimately it is his choice to leave.

    Good luck to him but we certainly shouldn’t spit our dummies out the pram over it.

    The fact he has gone means he probably wasn’t good enough at this point in time and wanted football he knew he couldn’t get here.

    That’s a good thing, we want our best 11 on the field not some wannabee who doesn’t cut it.

    Now we have money from that we can spend elsewhere and a free transfer of a similar lvl to where he was at to replace him, yes he may turn out to be the next Thauvin but right now he is the current Andros Townsend of this window.

    • Duh

      has he actually gone yet? I know it’s highly probable.

      • Nut

        Not to my knowledge as yet…. but media would have it happening right away….

    • Clarko

      I think he wants to leave because fans don’t know how to spell his name after a whole year.

      • Wor Lass

        Do your carers know your loose?

        • Wor Lass

          Clarkho.

        • Clarko

          *You’re

          Dummy.

          • Wor Lass

            Clarkhino!

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂😂😂

      • Geordiegiants

        😂🤣😂🤣😂😘😘😘

  • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

    Didn’t a certain few on here say Kennedy would end up at Huddersfield or a wolves?! Sensible deal to take him on loan until next summer when we will buy him outright. And keeps the bulk of the transfer funds to go on a striker this summer. A striker in from now and no lascelles departure and I’m happy with this summer’s business.

    • Jate Legend

      Same

  • TheNutJob

    signing out, off on the drink

  • Nut

    We won’t see a big spend this season, not likely unless something magical happens, if Benitez signs another contact then I suspect he will get backed.

    But honestly I doubt it will happen otherwise as whatever war chest is around will be saved for the next manager if that’s not Benitez.

    Every manager has a different ball game and wants players to play it so they won’t want to spend the big bucks without assurances of Benitez staying in place, equally at present he doesn’t trust Ashley with good reason.

    It’s catch 22, should by some magic event Benitez stay on then he will get backed.

  • Desree

    I read an interview with Steve Bruce on SSN. Villa are in bad shape, but Bruce’s plight sounds very familiar.

    Sell our best players for whatever we can get and beg steal and borrow.

  • Down Under Mag

    Rafa trying to make do without spending anything because he isn’t given any money. Ashley not giving any money because Rafa won’t sign a contract extention (if you believe that is the reason). Total catch 22 and you have to say that out of the two sides I think most believe that rafa will sign given the money but there are zero assurances that he will get any money off Ashley even if he DOES sign a new deal.

    Pleased Kenedy is all but back on board, but there’s still a long way to go before a lot of us will be happy with the window!