It is now only 39 days until the January transfer window opens for Premier League clubs.

So far in his time at Newcastle United, Rafa Benitez has been blocked by Mike Ashley from buying any players in the mid-season window.

In the Championship season, the manager wanted to make signings to make sure of promotion and help prepare for a likely return to the top tier, only for nobody to arrive.

Whilst desperately fighting relegation last January, Rafa wasn’t allowed to buy anybody, but was allowed minimal funds to brig in three loan players.

Asked on Friday about the upcoming January transfer window, Rafa Benitez pointed out a number of issues.

The NUFC boss saying that difficult to land the top class players because they are still involved in the Champions League.

Whilst as for loans, the manager points to already having Rondon and Kenedy and says ‘no options there’, as rules say you can only have two domestic loans.

A report earlier this week stated that Newcastle were looking to make Salomon Rondon a permanent signing in January with Dwight Gayle to be involved in a swap, this would tie down Rondon AND free up a domestic loan place. Rafa not commenting on that possibility today.

Premier League clubs  can sign players from midnight on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, up to 11pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

However, Rafa says that it is also important to win games before the transfer window opens.

If it needs to be permanent signings that would come in, the reasoning will be that the club needs to look as attractive as possible and if you are looking at likely relegation, which decent players would be signing up for that?

There are of course still loan signings that can come in from foreign leagues but then you are very lucky if they adapt as quickly as Martin Dubravka did. Especially when it is very likely they will come from a weaker league and/or have had little regular football this season so far.

Newcastle have a decent run of matches before the January transfer window opens, with Liverpool the only top six club Rafa’s team have to face out of eight Premier League matches.

Rafa Benitez asked about possibilities in the January transfer window:

“January is always difficult.

“It is not always a question of how much, it is also about finding the players.

“The top class players are playing in the Champions League.

“We have two on loan already from the Premier League so no options there.

“We will be looking but we would like to go to 1 January with lots of wins.

“It is what you have to do to improve the squad.

“We are working on name but we so have to keep winning before we have a good January window.”



  • Kenny

    I would bet that Rafa hasn`t got a clue what will happen in January.

    • Wezza

      He probably knows he will get shafted once again.

    • graham18

      he does- basically being lied to by the FCB

  • Leazes.

    The club isn’t competing for anything but the relegation drop stakes because the season like every other was written off before it had began…..

    ….so what the heck is the point in speculating over players who would be available to join an average squad to ship out again….

    ….Ryder has the excuse that it fills pages.

    • Steve Smith

      Same excuse here.

      Google ads being the primary source of income rather than hard copies for any form of media pushes quantity over quality.

    • Billmag

      Ryder has a list as long as his arm, but most of his arm is up fatty’s backside.

  • East Durham Mag

    39 days to be lied to again, every b*llsh*t excuse will be wheeled out once again. #Ashley OUT.

    • Wezza

      Correct.
      Expect the KBA PR machine to be working for overtime. Here are some of them:

      “Won’t be held ransom”
      “We put in a 25M bid but player didn’t want to join”
      “Couldn’t get them over the line”
      The excuses they put out season upon season is listed somewhere as I’ve read it and it’s a joke. Excuses every window. Where’s the money gone? We know where.

      • East Durham Mag

        Seems like it has gone beyond penny pinching into pure malice now, what does Penfold actually do?

        • Wezza

          It’s pure maleovelance now. If we needed any conformation it was the two fingers. As for Penfold I’m sure all he does is keep FCB up to date with everything and when the window is open conference calls to the FCB daily asking his permission. Just a yes man lackey to take the fall – HMRC arrest.

  • Foggy

    While I admit I don’t watch much football outside the premier league, I’m willing to bet I’ve never heard of, much less seen, any of the players we’ll supposedly have an interest in signing in the window. I just hope to God any players can hit the ground running and not need a season to adjust. Or else what’s the point?

  • Superdooperhooper

    Move along! Nothing to see here!

  • Paul Patterson

    “Rafa Benitez says being successful in the January transfer window could depend on how many games Newcastle win beforehand.”
    How right you are, the more we win, the less there is to spend.

  • Billmag

    Rafa tell fatty there is such a thing as player’s with class and not everything has to be bargain basement.

  • Leicester Mag

    Electronic chip paper. Pointless speculation still gives me another chance to win a free i phone thanks to pop up adverts

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  • Stephen Paylor

    If there is money available then i would hope that Kenedy could become a permanent for around 20 million. Would free up a loan space for a left back. spending 20 and bringing in maybe 3 or 4 for Ciaran Clark (assuming Lejeune is back fit) would be a sensible window for a premier league club.

    • Wezza

      I’d like that too but the reason we got him on loan anyway is because the FCB wont sanction a 20M bid. Not a chance of the Owen record transfer fee being broken under this regime.

    • mactoon

      £40 million spend plus a loan fee and wages for another player in January. Do you honestly think anything like that will happen?

  • Wezza

    There is no chance of Rondon signing permanently, West Brom will still want a fee paid. As for freeing up a loan place – this is what our club has become. Loanies and freebies. Cheap tat.
    There will be no money spent in January.

  • graham18

    The FCB will give Rafa sweet fa-can’t pay won’t pay

  • TeessideMag

    Am I missing something? Newcastle’s window isn’t until July? Why are we talking about what loans we can get and players we can sell now?

    • mactoon

      January window?

      • TeessideMag

        Pretty much everything I say is sarcasm 😂