According to the Chronicle, Benitez is still hoping to see a left-back, attacking midfielder and a striker arrive before the January window shuts – claiming the board now accept that a few new additions are required to keep us safe this season.
This comes from the Chronicle’s latest transfer piece, which reveals that we have been in talks with several clubs across Italy, Spain and Portugal regarding potential loan deals – with them also stating today that a £16m offer for Miguel Almirom remains on the table.
Here’s snippets from their latest transfer pieces over the past 24 hours:
‘Benitez is hoping to end the transfer window with the addition of at least three players, with a winger, striker and left-back required to boost his squad.
‘Newcastle are likely to do deals before the transfer deadline expires with the club’s management in agreement with Benitez that additions are required to insulate them from the threat of a relegation.’
It’s promising to hear as far as our hopes of making the odd signing are concerned, but it’s still so poor that we’re only acting now – when just 9 days of the window remain.
I do believe we will bring in at least 1 new face, but I expect nothing more than a relative unknown from a European club on loan. It’s frustrating, but not necessarily a bad thing – no one knew who Martin Dubravka was around this time last year, and now he is our number 1 keeper by a long shot.
We’ll no doubt be routing for cut-price deals, release clauses and players available on the cheap who are out of contract in the summer, but we’re going to have to get a move on if we’re to get more than 1 or two deals done between now and next Friday’s deadline.
Let’s just hope that if no signings are made that Rafa doesn’t decide that enough is enough. However, he does know how Ashley works by now, and probably wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t sign anyone. It’s a sorry state of affairs when we suddenly decide a few signings are needed with just over a week to go until the window – despite the fact we’ve been in trouble on the pitch for months now, with our win over Cardiff only putting us 2 points clear oft the drop zone.
Unless Ashley takes action in the week and a half of the window, this will only prove to Benitez that nothing will change while he’s in charge – especially now he has time to deliver on transfers if this takeover really has been ‘called off’ for now.