While the January window for the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern could have gone so much better, there were at least a few signings to welcome. Indeed, things aren’t perfect, though at least Rafa Benitez got to strengthen ever so slightly.
Well, it could have gone so much better. According to Brazilian outlet UOL, Newcastle United had made a breakthrough in attempts to sign Gremio midfielder Luan, who had also been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool. However, despite reportedly getting to an advanced stage with his club, no financial agreement could be reached with the 24-year-old.
Considering the impact of countryman Kenedy upon his debut at St. James’ Park, you can imagine just how annoyed our punters clad in black and white are about it. Having seen the club penny pinch under Mike Ashley for years now, this transfer failure has seriously frustrated our resident Geordies.
January largely proved to be somewhat of a nightmare on Tyneside and missing out on some midfielder flair could seriously cost the club in the long run. Should the report be true, it’s easy to see why Rafa Benitez is obviously frustrated with life at St. James’ Park.