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1st Sep, 2017 | 10:43am

Merson grades Newcastle summer transfer activity

By Aramide Oladipo

Paul Merson has graded Newcastle United’s summer transfer activity as a “C” after they failed to make any additions to the squad on deadline day this past Thursday.

Although the Magpies have endured a tough start on their return to the Premier League in terms of results and injuries to first-team players, they were unable to complete any signings on the last day of the transfer window.

There were reports that they were attempting to sign defenders Kenedy and Matt Targett from fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Southampton respectively but both deals failed to materialise.

However, the Tyneside club were still busy in terms of departures on deadline day with goalkeeper Tim Krul and defender Achraf Lazaar leaving St James’ Park.

Expressing his opinion on the Sky Sports website, Merson believes that Newcastle should have tried to sign more players in order to boost their chances of survival this season.

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“I thought Newcastle were going to have a real go after getting promoted,” he said

“They have got an unbelievable manager in Rafa Benitez, but I don’t think they’ve done enough to give him the squad he needs.

“I look at the players that have come in and they are not for me.”

The Magpies still managed to get six signings over the line this summer with Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune, Mikel Merino Christian Atsu and Joselu all completing deals.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez will have the opportunity to add more additions to the team during the January transfer window.

In other Newcastle transfer news, a report shared a Magpies transfer update after moves for Targett and Kenedy broke down.

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