Newcastle United

Benitez could save Newcastle’s season by signing £9m-rated controversial free agent

The Toon Army in the Transfer Tavern are feeling disappointed after their club’s relatively uninspiring transfer window.

Despite the fact Newcastle had over four weeks to complete their transfer negotiations, they left the majority of their business until deadline day. Following weeks of speculation, Rafa Benitez finally managed to bring a striker to the club to bolster his attacking options as he signed Leicester City’s Islam Slimani on a short-term loan deal.

Although the Newcastle supporters were relieved that the club secured Slimani’s signature, they were left to feel underwhelmed by their month’s work, and the mid-season window served to emphasise Mike Ashley’s shortcomings as owner of the North-East giants.

However, despite the fact that the window is now closed, there is still time for Ashley to redeem himself with an intriguing move for ex-Manchester City and Arsenal employee Samir Nasri who recently became a free agent.

Nasri (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) failed to impress during his short spell in the Turkish Super Lig despite getting off to the best possible start by scoring on his debut for Antalyaspor.

The news that Nasri has terminated his contract with Antalyaspor was confirmed on transfer deadline day, but the Frenchman is free to return to the Premier League whenever he likes now that he is without a professional contract.

With that being said, Newcastle should do everything they can to lure Nasri to Tyneside as soon as possible before he attracts interest from rival clubs in the English top-flight. At just 30-years-old, Nasri has plenty of footballing years ahead of him, especially considering he has never relied on blistering pace to succeed in the game.

Nasri will almost certainly need to take a pay cut to join The Magpies, but if he is willing to do that then Newcastle must make up for their disappointing transfer window by signing a player of genuine quality who could add a creative spark that is currently missing from Benitez’s squad.

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