Despite so much doom and gloom last night (and it was all justified!), it’s turning out to be a busy-looking deadline day for Newcastle – with Sky Sports confirming this lunch time that SIX deals look set to take place in and out of NUFC today.
This was confirmed by Sky Sports’ North-East correspondent in a recent tweet, announcing the TWO incomings and FOUR outgoings expected in and around St James’ Park today – and some have already gone through:
So Slimani & Dubravka IN this afternoon for Newcastle; Mitrovic, Aarons, Saivet & Woodman out (ALL loan deals). ??♂️
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018
Here’s a round up:
- Islam Slimani (Leicester – loan) – Loan deal agreed by all accounts (Sky, Chronicle, Times). It’s not done yet, but it’s been described as ‘all but done’, with us expected to pay a £2m loan fee, also covering all his wages. Reports that NUFC beat West Ham & Monaco to his signature.
- Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague – loan with option) – Again, this one seems all but done. Sky have confirmed this afternoon that a loan deal (2m euros) has been agreed with an option to buy (4m euros), with him on his way to Tyneside to complete his medical as we speak. Prague are about to sign his replacement, so this one looks nailed on.
- *DONE* – Henri Saivet (Sivasspor – loan with option) – The 27-year old has sealed a move to Turkey this morning, signing with Sivasspor on loan with an option to buy.
- Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht – loan) – Sky confirm that NUFC have agreed a deal with Anderlecht to allow to Serbian to return to his former club for the remainder of the season. Set to be announced this afternoon – providing Slimani gets done.
- Roland Aarons (Verona – loan) – Sky confirm that the winger turned down a loan move to Hull City after talks, with him now all set to join Serie A side Verona until the end of the season. Interesting move..
- Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen – loan) – The U-23 stopper has been waiting to go out on loan and Sky have confirmed that he’ll seal a move to the SPL with Aberdeen once Martin Dubravka is confirmed by NUFC.
On incomings, the Times’ George Caulkin has suggested that NUFC’s incoming business may be done once Slimani and Dubravka sign.
As things stand, don’t think Newcastle are looking beyond Slimani and Dubravka loans (Dubravka with an option) in terms of incomings.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) January 31, 2018
On outgoings, the likes of Colback has been told he can leave, so he’s one to watch, as is youngster Jamie Sterry who is available for loan. Rafa blocked any potential Atletico Bilbao move for Mikel Merino (thank god!)