A round up of all of today’s news and gossip:
- Rafa Benitez has restated today that NUFC still have time to bring in players over the next day and a half, saying the club are ‘working on names’ and that he remains ‘confident’ that we will do something in the transfer market – Full quotes here.
- It has been revealed why Rafa was so ‘furious’ to miss out on Daniel Sturridge, with the Mail & Chronicle stating that a deal was agreed and the club were expecting him at the Benton training base, only for him to not turn up – Full story here.
- It’s looking more and more like Leicester City pair Islam Slimani and Kelechi Iheanacho won’t be coming to Newcastle, with updates from Sky Sports today on NUFC’s interest in the pair – Full story here.
- On the flip side, our odds have now been slashed to Everton striker Sandro Ramirez on loan, with reports on Merseyside revealing that his potential return to Spain is now looks unlikely – Full story here.
Anderlecht and Atletico Bilbao have been linked with moves for Aleksandar Mitrovic and Mikel Merino respectively, however Rafa has confirmed that he will NOT be selling the Spaniard – Full story here.
- According to the Mirror, Newcastle are now in talks with Manchester City over the potential loan signing of centre-back Eliaquim Mangala – Read full story here.
- Paul Merson has predicted a nightmare night for Newcastle tomorrow, with the Sky pundit going for a 1-0 win for Burnley at St James’ Park – Full prediction here.
- Despite reports today that he may not leave Leicester this month, Joey Barton has urged Newcastle to take a look at Kelechi Iheanacho, feeling he’d score goals on Tyneside if given a run in the team. Full story here.
- As we move into the final day of the transfer window, we look at FIVE strikers NUFC could now look at after failing to sign Daniel Sturridge and Nicolai Jorgensen – Full story here.
- And finally, Simon’s message to Mike Ashley as we head towards deadline day – “Embarrassing stuff at NUFC as another crucial window looks destined to end in disaster” – Read his piece in full here.