Even though the 5pm transfer deadline has passed, Federico Fernandez is still set to sign for Newcastle United.

A ‘deal sheet’ was handed in by 5pm and this gives Newcastle and Swansea an extra two hours (until 7pm) to complete all the necessary paperwork.

The central defender flew up earlier today to Tyneside and is set to be Rafa’s final signing of this window.

The fee is reported to be around the £6m mark by Sky Sports.

Keith Downie of Sky Sports on Federico Fernandez deal:

“He flew up earlier today and he’s still going through the medical.

“The deal sheet has been handed in and the medical is going OK.

“Fernandez should be a NUFC player.”

The Deal Sheet explained by Sky Sports:

Should top-flight clubs submit a deal sheet by 5pm, they will have until 7pm to complete the deal with the use of a ‘deal sheet’.

What is a deal sheet, I hear you ask?

If a club agrees a deal at the last minute, it might not be easy to get all the paperwork completed by the deadline.

The deal sheet allows a club to confirm a deal has been reached and provides them with additional time to submit the remaining documentation.

The Mag – Earlier today (Thursday 9 August 2018):

Argentine international Federico Fernandez is signing for Newcastle United.

The Magpies tried to get him on loan at the end of July but Swansea had no intention of letting a first choice player go out, unless it was a sale.

The 29 year old then playing the full 90 minutes as Swansea won 2-1 at Sheffield United in their first Championship game of the season.

Newcastle instead trying to get Marlon on loan from Barcelona, only for Sky Sports to report that attempted loan deal failed, presumably because of work permit issues.

Instead, the broadcaster say Newcastle will now be paying around £6m on transfer deadline day for Federico Fernandez, presuming everything is ok with his medical.

A small victory for Rafa Benitez in his attempts to be backed in the transfer window.

With Serie A experience and four years in the Premier League with Swansea, Fernandez looks a solid signing and arguably one that was desperately needed with Lejeune set to miss all/most of the season.

The Mag – 30 July 2018:

Monday morning brings reports that Newcastle United have had a bid for Federico Fernandez turned down.

The Argentine international central defender was the subject of a Newcastle approach according to the Chronicle.

They say that their information is that NUFC went to Swansea wanting the player on loan, whilst the Swans wanted £10m…

With the shocking position Rafa Benitez has been put in, in this transfer window, you can believe just about anything is possible when it comes to transfers.

The Newcastle United squad left short with Chancel Mbemba’s departure and Florian Lejeune’s shock injury, Paul Dummett can also play at centre-back but Newcastle have nobody else who can play left-back (Manquillo not good enough).

With no cover for DeAndre Yedlin either (apart from Manquillo…), it only leaves Rafa Benitez with five fit defenders who are up to the job: Lascelles, Clark, Yedlin, Dummett, and Schar – if he proves to be able to handle the Premier League.

Federico Fernandez was an £8m buy from Napoli back in 2014 and has been first choice with Swansea for the four seasons, including this last relegation season when he started 30 PL games.

Like the injured Florian Lejeune, Fernandez is a commanding centre-back (6ft 3 tall) and looks a decent option if Newcastle could sign him.

However, this is Newcastle United and with such limited funds and so many positions needing strengthening, little wonder that Rafa Benitez has been forced to try and loan him.

At normal clubs, it is usually the Championship club loaning a player off a Premier League one, not the other way around!

What would Swansea have to gain from loaning out a 29 year old established first team player?

He would then go back to them aged 30 and with a falling transfer valuation.

Common sense tells you that they would surely only let him go if it meant they then had funds coming in to help fund a promotion push now.



  • Kev-82

    Another window passes with the key areas that needed strengthening missed. Ridiculous how long we’ve needed a left back and a No.10

    • mentalman

      We’ve strengthened both of these positions

      • Kenny

        Troll 💩

    • Rob

      LB is ok but needs cover.

      No. 10 will be either Yoshi or Perez. Both are about our current level.

      • Kenny

        Troll 🐀🤡

    • Ghostbuster

      I agree about left back, we havent had real cover for Dummy since Santon, and once I started thinking of it, we havent had a top class No. 10 Since Wijnaldum that will be 3 years at the end of this season. Just silly as we stockpiled them at one point…

  • Rob

    Looking at Tottenham or transfer window could’ve been far worse. Just wish it wasn’t always such a battle as far as Ashley/Charnley.

    These players should’ve been in weeks ago.

    Still overall I think we’ve strengthened and importantly not lost a key player.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      are you having a laugh comparing us with Spurs

      • mentalman

        I kind of agree with what he was saying, both teams were in a great position to invest and progress and neither have

        • Milburn_Taylor

          i have no interest in what you say & a block will sort that out

          • mentalman

            Feel free

        • Kenny

          Troll 🤡

          • mentalman

            Your putting a lot of thought into your posts

      • Rob

        Nope.

        Tottenham fans should be furious with the lack of player investment. Yes they have a stronger squad to start with but buying a new stadium isn’t an excuse for standing still.

        We’ve made marginal improvements which is more than they have despite their being a top six team.

        • mentalman

          Every team around them has strengthened, they are at risk of dropping out europe spots and then see wgat happens to their squad then

        • Leazes.

          What?

          • Milburn_Taylor

            blocked 3 in the last 10 mins

        • Milburn_Taylor

          Don`t be ridiculous & they were 3rd

          • Duh

            I am sure they would want to finish higher and they should have won the league when Leicester did.

            That said, you are right, their squad is both strong and deep but, I am sure they would have hoped to move forward.

          • Rob

            Can guarantee they won’t be top four this season now. City, Chelsea, Liverpool and ManU.

        • Duh

          I should imagine Man Utd fans are not too pleased either, especially with their culture of entitlement

          • mentalman

            Theres a lot of fans from a few prem clubs not very happy with the way this window has gone

          • Kenny

            Troll on troll 🤡🤡

          • Chuck D

            Aye they’ve all strengthened in previous windows!!!

        • Paul Patterson

          Spurs have a better scope to absorb a drop in seasonal performance.

        • Kenny

          Troll

        • wheyayeman

          Troll

    • Jezza

      Spurs are still far stronger without any new signings than we are with all the players we have added this window.

      • Rob

        Not comparing us as like for like.

        Just a note that in terms of transfer windows some teams actually did worse than us despite the apocalyptic mood at times.

        Actually slightly positive about how we might perform at moment.

        Fingers crossed.

  • Milburn_Taylor

    Limited funds, what a joke, it`s all down to the intransigence of Ashley.

  • Paul Patterson

    #Wheresthemoneygone?

    • Milburn_Taylor

      not on players that`s for sure, notice the trolls are out backing their boss

      • Duh

        Not sure anyone is defending Ashley on here tonight

        • Tweed Mag

          Being as reasonable and constructive as possible, it would be impossible to defend his tactics. Same goes for last January, last summer and so on. Good businessmen/women invest in their company at the appropriate level. No evidence of that at NUFC.

      • kingfisher

        You can’t keep a good troll down 🤡

        • Milburn_Taylor

          iv`e just blocked 3 in 10 minutes

        • Kenny

          You can try

    • Rob

      Never expected any to be spent did you?

      Just be relieved we kept our best players and added a few who might surprise us.

      • Kenny

        🤡 troll

      • Jezza

        We only kept our best players because other clubs didn’t come in for them.

        • Kenny

          👍

        • Rob

          However, we keep them I’m not complaining. Dubravka, lascelles, shelvey and Rondon is a decent spine for the team.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    I think you mean they have until 7 (2 pm here) to f*ck it up?

  • Peaco

    #wheresthemoneygoneufatcant

  • wheyayeman

    Another disgusting under investment Newcastle fans this is your club and now is the time. Everyone must unite and push the greedy inhumane grotesque slob out. #AshleyOutNow

    • Ben Jones

      No pushing needed. This window is a direct result of him selling up this season. Happy days

      • Kenny

        Troll 🤡💩

        • Chuck D

          Good work Kenny, I just hope they don’t kill you

          • Ben Jones

            Jesus christ. You know I’m just a lad from hebburn right?

    • Duh

      I don’t understand it myself, why would you alienate a world class manager and jeopardize a £300-400m asset?

      • Paul Patterson

        Ashley likes a profit as well as a gamble ..

        • Duh

          Really, why would he not gamble on winning stuff then?

          Surely that is a more exhilarating gamble?

          As for the profit, that’s peanuts to a billionaire.

          • Paul Patterson

            He has no interest in Newcastle United.

          • Duh

            Then why you would not sell and get rid, even if it means taking less that it think it’s worth?

          • Kenny

            Troll 🤡

          • Paul Patterson

            Would you give up something that generates £100m minimum on minimum spend?

          • ghostrider

            100 million over how long?

          • Duh

            I am not sure it really does make 100m in profit and yes, I was a billionaire, I’d cash in and find easier, less conspicuous ways to make money.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            because $$$$$$$$$$$$ the only thing horrible people like him understand

          • ghostrider

            He has every interest in Newcastle United.
            When he walks away completely, his interest ceases. Until then his interest is firmly there.

          • JohnCornwell’sHair

            He has no interest in a successful Newcastle United. Treading water is where it’s at. Lumpy faced [email protected]

          • ghostrider

            Treading water is where most are at, apart from the elites.

          • Chuck D

            Making over £20m profit in transfers is not treading water

          • ghostrider

            The season is not over and who cares if there’s profit as of now.
            I don’t sit there expecting the club to spend every penny with no contingency plans.
            Rafa refusing to commit will also have a lot to do with careful management of the purse.

            7 players in. That’s all fans need to be going on about, not what’s sitting in a safe or a bank or spread around a table.

          • Chuck D

            Nope he had verbally said he has no interest in Newcastle United

          • ghostrider

            Link me to where he said it.

          • Chuck D

            From a chance meeting with a fan in Oxford St earlier in the year, from nufcblog.

            “I asked him if he benefited from going down to the Championship and getting the parachute payment. He replied ‘I make more money in the Premier League!’.

            “He said he was hoping we’d stay up to then sell in the summer as he has no interest in the club and does not want to invest, saying this why we got loan signings last month.

            “As he was about to walk out he said ‘we will carry on!’. To this I responded ‘as long as you keep Rafa!’.

            Having said that any idiot can see he has no interest, apart from you that is.

          • ghostrider

            So you’re saying this was someone telling a story of bumping into Ashley and him just coming out with that.
            Fair enough if you go with that.
            I want proof of it and that is no more proof than a story of a angler telling passers by just how big his last catch was.

        • ghostrider

          All businessmen like that. It’s why the successful one’s have more than others.

      • Kenny

        💩troll

      • ghostrider

        He’s alienating himself by not committing.

        • Kenny

          Troll 🤡

        • drc74

          and your fxck buddy ashley is not communicating either

          • ghostrider

            he tried. He was called a liar. I don’t blame him one bit for not communicating.

          • drc74

            i dont even believe he wrote a statement, i mean i didn’t see him write it

          • ghostrider

            Nobody’s asking you to believe anything.

    • ghostrider

      7 signings.

      • Big Hairy Man

        Journeymen and “future prospects” that nobody else was seriously interested in.

        • ghostrider

          Most are journeymen and future prospects for any club.

  • Toonfen

    Groundhog day again and again! ASHLEY OUT

  • Mrkgw

    Disgusted with this regime – absolutely despicable ownership. Mike Ashleys contempt towards us shows no let up. Time now for the tables to turn – we need him gone. ASHLEY OUT!

  • Toonfen

    NUFC under Jabba will never be anything else but a cash cow for Tat Direct! ASHLEY OUT!

  • Tweed Mag

    Another disappointing transfer window, but it was expected. Fernandez is welcome.

  • Superdooperhooper

    Let’s hope penfold’s carrier pigeon gets there on time . Another top quality signing!

    • Milburn_Taylor

      slowest racing pigeons in the World, bought off some giddy guy in Byker

  • robbersdog

    To be fair, this isn’t a bad signing. He’s an experienced top-flight player who’s got 32 caps for Argentina. He’s no mug, and will make a good squad player.

    I think we’re well stocked at centre-back, but very thin on the ground when it comes to full-backs. If Yedlin or Dummett gets injured, we’ll be in trouble. We should’ve kept Kevin Mbabu who, in my opinion, looked a decent prospect.

    • Wezza

      I agree with Mbabu he looked good, but with Ashley’s asset stripping he left.

  • Milburn_Taylor

    i wasn`t going to his shop on Saturday but i`ve cancelled a meeting and will be there, hope there`s a good turn out.

    • Leazes.

      Are you buying socks?

      • Milburn_Taylor

        i shop at Scott`s directly opposite his abomination

        • Megatron1505

          At Scotts?

        • Paul Patterson

          Tell me you haven’t bought the new shirt?

          • Milburn_Taylor

            i wouldn`t dream of it & Scotts don`t do football shirts

  • Stephen

    A massive gamble
    If this club is relegated the better players will leave( and who could blame them).
    What will the club be worth then.
    Underfunded and threadbare I’m so many positions

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      and history shows us the money made from those players leaving won’t be fully reinvested

    • molend

      Thing is, bonny lad, we’re not looking at the right options. For example, I’m available. While it’s true that I’ve lost a bit of my explosive pace over the first five yards, I have, on the other hand, gained enormously in what we in the industry call ‘awareness’. I think we should embrace relegation. Do you honestly want to associate yourself with people who want Newcastle to compete?
      Aal the best, kidder

  • Clarko

    Sigh.

    • Kenny

      All we need a troll with attitude problems 🤡

  • Big Hairy Man

    I was supposed to be working on Saturday but after this train-wreck of a transfer window I will be taking a day off to join the protests. Dipping around in the bargain bins while everyone else (except Spuds who have a formidable squad anyway) are using the unprecedented riches afforded by TV to strengthen is a recipe for disaster. This is as good as it gets under this parasitic owner and if anyone thinks otherwise they need medical help. Will any money be spent in January? Only if we are rooted in the bottom 3 and Fatty needs to invest to stay on the gravy train.

    • Ron

      We’ll spend every penny generated that’s 99p in total, after that it’s pounds and untouchable.

  • Stephen Paylor

    It is actually a decent signing at the price. Not the quickest but great experience and physically solid. I wonder though when Lejeune is back i think both him and Schar will be fighting for a place on the bench.

    • Alreet

      With no options at right or left back we may be using them out of position.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    Still a LB and striker/no10 short. Ashley gambles with our club yet again. Rafa is good but not a miracle worker. We need to be able to field out strongest starting eleven and are basically two or three injuries away from a potential struggle. If either Rondon and Dummett are out then we’re seriously understrength.

    • JohnCornwell’sHair

      Absolutely right, Rondon injury would mean disaster. All eggs in one basket.

    • Polarboy

      Muto can play through the centre as well. We’ll just have to wait and see how good he actually is.

  • BanJones

    I wanted Ings and Bryan but we got a decent CB. The main news is that fatty’s chopper stayed indoors.

    • Jezza

      The chopper will be on its way back down South now after spending the past couple of days on standby in the North East.

      • Milburn_Taylor

        i have a gut feeling you`re right

      • Big Hairy Man

        I think it will still be on standby. The European transfer windows are still open.

  • Tony English

    Lucas Perez. Tuppence ha’penny to West Ham. A steal.

    • Kenny

      Troll 🤡

      • Tony English

        Yeah you are.

        • Kenny

          Trolling you, trolling me
          🤡

          • Tony English

            Solo trolling. You’re on your own (humping Leazes leg like a good boy).

          • Kenny

            Never had contact with him, just vermin like you, you’re no better than a paedo 🤡🐁

          • Tony English

            You see that thread above you…above you…thats three folk having a conversation.. .above you…disagreeing or agreeing…always above you… nothing begins with you… no conversations are enhanced by you…above you…always above you…above you….above you….above you…little clown x

          • Kenny

            You’re vermin mate, dog schit under foot 🤡

          • Tony English

            ..and that is one subject you are expert at, boy from the Brown stuff…little clown xx

          • Kenny

            Vermin troll 🤡

          • Tony English

            10/10 for consistency.

            Go and look in the mirror and ask yourself how well your little day has gone?

          • Guest

            Genuine question here. What makes you think he is a troll?

    • Polarboy

      Deals like that the wages are always astronomical. No way fatty is breaking our wage structure for a 29 year old.

      • Tony English

        And the lure of London.

        • Polarboy

          That as well. We likely would have had to offer him substantially more than West Ham.

        • Guest

          It’s a shyte hole.

          • Tony English

            Where exactly have you lived and visited oh wise one?

          • Guest

            Well considering my father has his own business in central London since 03 i know the place pretty well. London town is gone.

          • Jimblag23

            You must not go to the right places if you think London is rubbish.

          • Guest

            I know London very well especially central London, and it’s totally gone even cockneys will tell you this. Most move out to the suburbs.

          • Tony English

            If you knew London that well you wouldn’t refer to Londoners as cockneys.

            The lure of London for those with money (like footballers) is massive and always will be, it’s easier to live in a bigger city when you’re that recognisable.

          • Guest

            I visit London 10 plus times a year for the past 14 15 years and as soon as I’m there I can’t wait to get back upto the north east, but yee lot know best on the mag!

          • Tony English

            That’s your opinion and you’re entitled to it, my dad would agree with you – he always wants to get back North and home for a cup of tea (like it’s grown in Gateshead).

            I could name some really rubbish places in the North East, and London, tell me where your visiting and I’ll tell you if I agree…but to label the whole place as shyte is like labelling all food as shyte because you don’t like celery.

            Like I said, footballers can go about their business and not draw the attention they would in a small city centre like Newcastle, there is a lure.

          • Guest

            My father hates it too he is looking forward to getting back upto the north east and living a more relaxed way of life. I’m in around Westminster alot Trafalgar square also. I do all the London games.

          • Tony English

            …are you sure you’re not just playing monopoly? Visiting site seeing tourist trap areas has very little to do with living in London.

            You wouldn’t make a blanket statement on Newcastle based on Eldon Square….anyway, I’ve made my point, lived in London for 20 years in six different areas, and worked all over it, work finds me…and I love it.

            Each to their own.

          • Guest

            Never been a board game player. I’ve seen all areas of London inner and outer, outer with my work. Been to all London grounds my favourites Upton park very hostile outside the ground, and white hart lane. Got to Highbury in its last season 1-0 defeat bergkamp. When I said London is finished maybe you wernt getting where I was comimg from with that.

          • Jimblag23

            Those areas are a nightmare. I spend a lot of time in Peckham, Newcross, Greenwich, Haggerston, Hackney type areas and they are really fun places.
            But each to their own and people want different things out of life so fair enough if you disagree.

          • Jimblag23

            That’s the problem then if you’re knocking about in central London.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      Rondon`s better than Lucas Perez

      • Tony English

        Different players. Could afford both.

      • Polarboy

        Perez would have been perfect in that number 10 role behind the main striker. Him and Rondon could have been a great partnership.

        • Tony English

          100%

        • Milburn_Taylor

          i think he`ll play Muto there

          • Polarboy

            Maybe, but as far as I know Muto has only ever played number 9, and out wide on a few occasions. Nothing to say he couldn’t play second striker of course.

        • FatParosite

          Pay peanuts…. get monkeys….. More Joselu standard…. non of our players will hit double figures….

          • Polarboy

            I wouldn’t write Rondon and Muto off yet. Even Kenedy could vastly improve on his scoring record for us with a decent preseason behind him. Not that I think any of those players will be getting over 15.

    • Kenny

      Troll 🤡🐁

  • Wezza

    Well we have got him, seems like an appeasing signing by MA to me and it rounds off to 150M profit for him, including the tv money.
    Onto Saturday and letting him know we want him out!

    • Milburn_Taylor

      we`re gong nowhere as long as he`s the owner & for what it`s worth he`s forcing Rafa out

  • Big Hairy Man

    Will be checking out the Ronnie Gill tomorrow. Waiting for Ryder’s list of out of contract players we could still sign.

    • FatParosite

      Five things you already know but I’ve had it in my outbox ready to pump out for clickbait.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      he`ll have it handy

      • FatParosite

        Written in January,,,,,

    • Leazes.

      The bigging up of the mundane will have started…. three of these players are failed relegation strugglers, and the strikers have ‘ambitions’ to reach double figures.

  • FatParosite

    The Comical is trying to perpetrate myths like ‘Wage budget further under strain’…..Wage budget further under strain..??? More Bishop subliminal spin. Feed the lies through superlative adjectives and pronouns. I’M NOT BUYING IT. We are not as strong as last season and Ashley is IN PROFIT. Whichever way you toads cut it we are a Zombie club because the SJP fans and the Chronicle allowed it to happen.

    • Milburn_Taylor

      the Chronicle isn`t worth a read

      • FatParosite

        It’s not that it’s not worth a read….. that is indisputable. Unfortunately they are processing propaganda to the selfish thikies to justify continuing to pump money into Ashley’s pockets. They are perpetrators of the ‘Careful what you wish for’ – ‘Support the team not the regime’ lies…. and worst of all…. Ashley saved the club and cleared the debt. It goes beyond just being a pi$$ poor read into the enemies voice.

        • Milburn_Taylor

          good post

        • Desree

          I got a call from a bank today.

          They offered me a loan to consolidate all my credit card debt. Does this mean I have cleared my debts?

      • Desree

        Mark Douglas on twitter reckons the chronic have been on Ashleys case since 2009. They lie as much as Ashley

    • Ben Jones

      The wages budget I’d imagine would have went up, maybe 7-8m a year,not quite enough to hit the panic button I wouldn’t imagine, however saying we are not as strong as last season is to suggest that Rafa has just wasted 25m on players as he may as well have kept what we had otherwise, so on that basis I’d trust rafas judgement and say it’s obvious we are stronger

  • Big Hairy Man

    I’m expecting the annual stage managed PR stunt on Sky Sports on Saturday. The script will be written by Bishop along the lines of “we can’t give a blank cheque to a manager who won’t commit”. No searching questions will be asked as usual. Why would any manager commit to a liar?

  • JungleJoe

    Somebody should set up a petition to the F.A requesting an investigation into where the money is going. Is there any groups affiliated with NUFC that could get the ball rolling? We need a public social media campaign to get Newcastle fans to sign it to make it so big they can’t ignore us.

    • Ben Jones

      I nominate JungleJoe

      Whoever smelt it dealt it

      • JungleJoe

        Was that supposed to be funny?

        • Ben Jones

          No it was to highlight that you want someone else to do something you presumably can’t be bothered to do yourself.

          You said it, you do it.

        • Jezza

          No it was supposed to wind you up and provoke a reaction. Just block the troll.

          • JungleJoe

            He’s blocked. Thanks for the heads up.

  • Lewis SG

    Could have gotten Jonny Evans for that sum if the board has been smart.