NUFC ‘close’ to confirming the signing of Chelsea’s Kenedy – but Benitez to miss out on striker

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.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

2 thoughts on “NUFC ‘close’ to confirming the signing of Chelsea’s Kenedy – but Benitez to miss out on striker

  1. You can bet your wages, that there will be NO major star signings this window.
    Back to bargain basement for rejects and sick notes, the scene will never change.
    If you consider Hayle and Joselu , as our main strike force, the only result will be failure, the Mitrovich money will be spent on stocking fillers, in the hope that one of them will perform. Money will come in for Mitro, Merino,Mbemba Arrons,Saivet, say m45 but it won’t be spent on quality


  2. “Back to Bargain Basement for rejects and sicknotes…”

    I seem to remember that Kenedy and Dubravka didn’t do too badly.

    Yes Slimani was a disaster but if we can bring in a couple or 3 to raise the teams average level a little further I don’t see us being any worse off than last season.

    Personally I think we just need a striker who can hit the goal more than the one out of ten times that the appalling Mitro, Perez and Gayle seemed to manage. Another Ba or Cisse perhaps?

    As for Rondon – his stats seem to suggest that a one in ten guy is exactly what he is with 24 goals in 3 seasons of 244 shots and 24 glaring misses.

    I assume you meant Gayle, not Hayle


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