By Danny Wright
Newcastle were unable to secure the services of a free agent during the summer transfer window because funds at St. James’ Park were so low, according to a report.
The Daily Star claims that Rafa Benitez was offered the unnamed player but after discussing personal terms, the Magpies learned that they were unable to afford him even though there would be no transfer fee involved.
Newcastle have had a very frustrating summer transfer window which is now understood to have left fresh doubt surrounding Benitez’s future on Tyneside.
After missing out on several key targets and only bringing in six new players to their first-team, this latest humiliating blow just shows how poor of a summer the Magpies had to endure.
Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo, Joselu, Jacob Murphy, Christian Atsu and Mikel Merino had all been signed by the Magpies, who hadn’t spent money in the January transfer window so that they could strengthen more this summer after completing their return to the Premier League.
Even though players were moved on like Florian Thauvin, Grant Hanley and Daryl Murphy, it seems that they didn’t recoup enough funds to even sign a free agent.
Football Insider Verdict
It seems to be one blow after another at St. James’ Park recently. The 3-0 win over West Ham last month has been majorly overshadowed by what has turned out to be a poor summer for the Tyneside club who look like they could be losing their manager in the coming weeks if things don’t see a drastic change. Ultimately, Mike Ashley needs to get out of the club as soon as possible. The controversial owner wants to sell up but as there are no buyers seemingly coming forward at the moment, he is stuck there for the time being. Newcastle’s squad doesn’t look too much better than it did last season whereas fellow promoted clubs Brighton and Huddersfield have made big improvements. It’s going to be a long season for the Magpies.
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