Newcastle’s summer ends in disappointment

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United ended the summer transfer window with a whimper – after failing to get a single deadline day deal over the line.

Rafa Benitez had hoped to see a number of arrivals yesterday.

United’s manager was looking to sign another forward, a left-sided player and a goalkeeper.

But proposed loan deals for Chelsea winger Kenedy and Southampton left-back Matt Targett fell through, and Dwight Gayle, last season’s 23-goal leading scorer, ended up staying on Tyneside.

Fulham had bid £15million for the striker on Wednesday, but the Magpies couldn’t secure a replacement for Gayle.

Owner Mike Ashley had promised Benitez “every last penny” generated through promotion and player sales at the end of last season.

The club’s net spend on six players in the summer transfer window was an estimated £40million.

However, that figure was offset by a number of departures, notably those of Florian Thauvin and Daryl Murphy.

The club further trimmed its wage bill by moving out Tim Krul, Siem de Jong, Achraf Lazaar, Emmanuel Riviere and Grant Hanley.

Krul and Lazaar signed season-long loan deals with Brighton and Hove Albion and Italian club Benevento respectively.

Jack Colback remained on Tyneside, despite interest from a number of Championship clubs.

The ex-Sunderland midfielder – who has two years left on his Newcastle contract – is likely to be left out of the club’s 25-man Premier League squad by Benitez.

United’s failure to strengthen raises more questions about the future of Benitez, who hasn’t spoken to Ashley since May.

Benitez repeatedly voiced his frustration during the transfer window at the club’s stalled efforts.