Even the Premier League move to an earlier transfer window closure hasn’t totally saved Newcastle United fans.
Despite not being able to buy anybody in these last three weeks of August, with Newcastle players still able to be bought/loaned by foreign clubs, as well as loaned by lower league English clubs, NUFC supporters are still being tortured by media speculation.
Fair enough when there is any kind of logic to it, such as the likes of Aarons, Lazaar and Saivet who have to find new clubs, or else be totally sidelined and train with the kids.
However, there are Newcastle first team squad players currently being the subject of transfer story claims, at a time when Rafa Benitez has a small enough squad as it is, and can’t now replace anybody if they did leave.
Bristol Live is part of the same company that owns the Chronicle and they claim that Aston Villa could take Ciaran Clark on loan.
Any number of reasons why this is total garbage but for starters, with Lejeune out long-term, it was Clark who started on Saturday against Spurs.
Fernandez may well in time go in alongside Lascelles but it is all a bit mad to even then suggest Rafa would then allow Ciaran Clark to go out, especially on loan, what would be the point in that?
Fabian Schar is another option at centre-back but you need at least some kind of depth in your squad, plus Clark is the only left footed defender who can fill in at left-back for Dummett.
The Mirror are notorious for feeble transfer speculation and they claim Isaac Hayden could join Stoke or Aston Villa on loan.
Once again, a loan deal makes absolutely no sense for a player Rafa will use at some point this season, Hayden is the only defensive holding midfield cover for Mohamed Diame at the moment.
Hayden did try to leave this summer to get back to Essex/London for family reasons but Stoke and Villa are hardly on his family doorstep as well.
If the midfielder was going to be allowed to leave, he would have been sold and a replacement brought in by Rafa Benitez, not loaning out one of the few decent back-up players the manager has.
The sooner this month is over with, the better it will be. Bad enough in normal transfer windows but at least it isn’t quite as bad when you can still daydream Newcastle could sign somebody decent, rather than this situation where players can only be sold or loaned out by Newcastle United.