Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has so far been left frustrated in his attempts to bring in fresh faces this month, with a proposed takeover of the club holding up the Spaniard in the transfer market.
Owner Mike Ashley is trying to sell, but with no potential suitors willing to meet his valuation as of yet, the Sports Direct owner must begin to provide Rafa with the funds to strengthen, or risk seeing the Magpies slip into the second tier. Fans here in The Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly concerned by their club’s inactivity, and expressed their worries to our landlord over a quiet pint in the booth next to the pool table. The club need a few signings to ensure they have the quality required to stay up this season, with a central midfielder high on the agenda. Fans may get their wish this month, with reports in The Northern Echo discussing the possibility of a shock swap deal involving striker Dwight Gayle, and in-demand Fulham midfielder, Tom Cairney.
Benitez is a big fan of the Scottish international, and saw a £20 million bid for the player knocked back in the summer. Cairney is now subject to a fresh £12 million bid from West Brom, but with Fulham chasing a striker, manager Slavisa Jokanovic could be swayed to part with his star middleman if Gayle was included in the package.
Landlord’s Verdict: Wow, this would be a huge deal if it were to materialise. Gayle is undervalued at Newcastle, and the player may look to move on to a venue where his services are appreciated this month. When given an opportunity Gayle rarely fails to deliver, and fans will be concerned by the club’s attacking options if the former Crystal Palace and Peterborough United man is allowed to depart.
However by allowing the player to leave, that could potentially land the hottest central midfielder in the second tier, with Cairney’s form over the past couple of seasons absolutely sensational. With Newcastle struggling to stump up transfer funds, this could prove to be a viable option for Benitez this month.
Newcastle fans, let know your thoughts!