The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has delivered some positive news on the transfer front today, revealing that Newcastle are now edging closer to confirming the signing of Kenedy on a season’s loan with an option to buy.
Providing we can get this one ‘over the line’, this deal would be structured perfectly for us. We don’t seem to have a great deal of money to play with this summer, so getting him on an initial loan frees up more money to be spend on the likes of a new striker.
The story wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows however, with it being suggested that a deal to sign Nice striker Alassane Plea looks set to end in disappointment after we ‘failed to move quickly’ and ‘haggled on price’ – allowing Spurs and Borussia Monchengladbach to step in.
Back to the positive news and here’s what Luke Edward’s latest piece for The Telegraph has had to say on the Kenedy deal:
‘There is some better news for Newcastle supporters, though, as they edge close to signing Brazilian winger Kenedy from Chelsea.
‘As revealed by Telegraph Sport, Kenedy’s return after a successful loan spell has been another of Benitez’ priorities this summer and hopes are rising that terms can be agreed with Chelsea.
‘As things stand, it seems likely the 22-year-old will return to Newcastle on a season’s loan, with an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of it. That would suit the Magpies, who are trying to make the most of a small budget at St James’ Park.’
Good news, but I’ll only be happy once I see him holding up that black and white shirt.
It’s not the striker we so desperately need, but signing Kenedy for another season and beyond would be a big step towards keeping Rafa happy.