Newcastle United suffered a frustrating home draw against rock bottom Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, with manager Rafa Benitez’s side still very much embroiled in a relegation battle.
Fans here in The Transfer Tavern are extremely nervous of their side’s Premier League future, and sat down with our landlord over a brandy on the rocks to express their concerns as to why the club had not been active in the transfer market so far despite their dire position. However new reports from The Press Association via The Shields Gazette have suggested that transfers could be on the horizon, with owner Mike Ashley reportedly giving Benitez the green light to sign three players this month. However, it is understood that Benitez and managing director Lee Charnley will have limited funds in their pursuit of new targets.
The Shields Gazette does however report that Rafa’s pot could be boosted should players leave this month, with the likes of Jack Colback and Henri Saivet likely to be moved off the wage bill at St James’ Park in the coming weeks. Benitez must now move quickly to conclude his business, with just two weeks of the winter window remaining.
Landlord’s Verdict: Finally some good news for Newcastle fans, and it looks like their transfer window can finally get underway following a two week hold-up. Benitez is desperate to strengthen his side ahead of their relegation scrap, and reports that Ashley has now given the go ahead to sanction deals will come as a relief to all associated with the club.
With the Sports Direct owner looking to sell the club, Ashley has realised that the club will be valued far higher should it remain in the Premier League, and forking out now for several signings could save the businessman a huge hit on his investment. Benitez will now work hard alongside Lee Charnley to get deals over the line as soon as possible.
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