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31st Aug, 2017 | 9:15pm

'Two players going out' - Quinn delivers scathing Newcastle verdict as deadline looms

By Will Butcher

Micky Quinn has revealed his sympathy for Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and the club’s fans after a frustrating deadline day.

The Toon have reportedly been linked with a number of different players on Thursday’s deadline day, but have failed to lure any to St. James’ Park with Benitez in desperate need of recruitment.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, the former Newcastle striker said “can’t help feeling Rafa and the fans have been shafted”.

The Toon have been linked with moves for Southampton’s Matt Targett, Arsenal striker Lucas Perez and Chelsea’s wide man Kenedy among others.

However, it appears that the Toon will not be signing any players before the deadline strikes at 11pm and are instead expected to offload number of their current players instead.

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Owner Mike Ashley has come under constant criticism throughout the window, with Benitez becoming frustrated at the lack of activity at St. James’ Park.

The Toon have landed six new players in the likes of Javier Manquillo, Florian Lejeune, Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu, Jacob Murphy and Joselu.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle are now in huge danger of being relegated back to the Championship come May 2018 after failing to add any significant players, with positions and holes in the squad likely to become even more apparent as the season grows older. A lack of creativity is obvious with Ayoze Perez and Mo Diame yet to prove their worth, while the Toon are also struggling with the lack of a left-back since Paul Dummett’s injury. A goalkeeper, striker and central midfielder were also needed, and the lack of activity could now see the Magpies struggle in the division despite their recent 3-0 win over West Ham.

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