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Newcastle United ‘Players were pursued, some well above and beyond the club’s current transfer record’ – Set to hear it all again

4 months ago
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Newcastle United are now 23 days into the January transfer window, only eight days until the window slams shut.

Do you remember when you used to look forward to a transfer window…no neither do I.

Those days of wondering who might arrive to enhance/improve the current team to try and move the club forward are long gone.

Even/especially after finishing fifth in 2011/12, Mike Ashley refused to allow investment on the back of that surprise/fluke season. A number of fringe players were sold to fund the very average Vurnon Anita, the only senior signing in summer 2012, predictably everything fell apart from that point.

With a second relegation in three Premier League seasons (third in the last nine PL campaigns) very much a possibility, Mike Ashley has yet again refused to support Rafa Benitez in any way.

The manager once again made clear he wanted/needed signings in at the very start of the window, players bought who he had targeted.

Instead, this window is winding down with only once again the possibility of loan deals.

The usual excuses trotted out by friendly media, other clubs asking too much, greedy players wanting market force wages, greedy agents…every excuse used apart from the obvious one, a greedy and negligent club owner.

The greatest insult was last summer, Mike Ashley insisting on a £20m+ profit on summer 2018 transfer deals, Rafa Benitez not allowed to by anybody for even £10m, then the owner taking money out of the club AND then the final laugh, was when Mike Ashley used the official NUFC Fans Forum to put out this message:

‘The club explained that several more players were pursued, some of which were well above and beyond the club’s current transfer record. For a number of reasons, the deals were not possible despite the money being available for these players.

The club explained the challenges of the transfer window and stated that several clubs simply did not want to sell their players, or that the players did not want to make the move.’

So not one player who Rafa Benitez fancied signing, who would cost £10m or more, was willing to come to Newcastle United.

There is no mystery, Mike Ashley refuses to allow the club to compete, Rafa is not allowed to offer the transfer fees and wages to land the essential signings he needs, especially in the attacking half.

The next scheduled Fans Forum is in February (if it takes place..), you just know what we are going to be told once again.

It is everybody’s fault but Mike Ashley’s why these essential signings haven’t happened.

From the official Newcastle United Fans Forum minutes of the 24 September 2018 meeting:

‘Summer Transfer Window

When the club enters a window, its aim is to come out of it stronger. The club brought in seven players (five on permanent deals and two on loan).

The club was pleased to secure the manager’s number one transfer target, Salomón Rondón – and also Yoshinori Mutō, a player the manager wanted in January 2018.

The club brought Kenedy back on loan and brought some Premier League experience in Ki Sung-yueng and Federico Fernández, plus Fabian Schär to add competition, and then also secured Martin Dúbravka on a permanent deal.

The collective view, including that of the players, is the squad is stronger following the summer transfer window.

The club explained that several more players were pursued, some of which were well above and beyond the club’s current transfer record. For a number of reasons, the deals were not possible despite the money being available for these players.

The club explained the challenges of the transfer window and stated that several clubs simply did not want to sell their players, or that the players did not want to make the move.’
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