Trans­fers may rely on other clubs’ busi­ness

UNITED KEEN TO BEN­E­FIT FROM LATE DOMINO EF­FECT

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By CHRIS WAUGH Sports writer chris.waugh@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @ChrisDHWaugh

IT is al­ways the case, but on this oc­ca­sion more than ever: the fi­nal 24 to 36 hours of the trans­fer win­dow is one huge game of who blinks first.

Deals are there to be had, pro­posed trans­fers are all but agreed in prin­ci­ple, yet it re­quires the first sign­ing to be com­pleted be­fore the chain re­ac­tion oc­curs.

New­cas­tle United are keen to com­plete deals as the sum­mer mar­ket­place en­ters its fi­nal throes but, as ever, the Mag­pies are wait­ing on oth­ers.

The domino ef­fect is yet to re­ally take hold this sum­mer - usu­ally, in the fi­nal fort­night of the win­dow, a flurry of deals oc­cur - but there is still time.

Rafa Ben­itez would ide­ally still like an­other four play­ers - a goal­keeper, a left-back, an at­tack­ing-mid­fielder and a striker - though pri­vately New­cas­tle ac­cept such fever­ish ac­tiv­ity is un­likely.

How­ever, a cou­ple of in­com­ings could still be com­pleted. Kenedy’s loan move to Tyneside, which has been all-but agreed for a fort­night, should go through, while ei­ther a goal­keeper or left-back could ar­rive.

The prob­lem New­cas­tle are hav­ing is that other deals have been de­layed, stunt­ing move­ment and cre­at­ing a log jam.

Chelsea had hoped to sign Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain from Ar­se­nal as a new wing-back op­tion, but the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional’s move has stalled due to Liver­pool’s in­ter­est.

An­to­nio Conte is reluctant to al­low Kenedy, some­one who can op­er­ate any­where down the left, de­part be­fore he has re­in­force­ments through the door.

Such is­sues have af­fected New­cas­tle all sum­mer, with clubs un­will­ing to take a gam­ble on the big earn­ers who are sur­plus to re­quire­ments in the Mag­pies squad un­til they have moved play­ers on them­selves.

That’s why Em­manuel Riviere, Siem de Jong and Grant Han­ley were not dis­carded un­til the last week of the win­dow, and why the likes of Jack Col­back and Tim Krul still face un­cer­tain fu­tures as the win­dow en­ters its fi­nal hours. And this game of who blinks first af­fects New­cas­tle’s striker sit­u­a­tion too. Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic has been the sub­ject of a suc­ces­sion of loan bids and enquiries from Euro­pean clubs this sum­mer. In an ideal world, Ben­itez would have coun­te­nanced the Ser­bian’s sale and brought in a re­place­ment striker in who he can place his trust. But New­cas­tle’s wage­bud­get is­sues - caused by their in­abil­ity to off­load play­ers early has en­sured that no striker apart from Joselu has been brought through the door. Ben­itez will not al­low Mitro­vic to leave with­out a suit­able re­place­ment se­cured first, which has es­sen­tially en­sured the 22-year-old will re­main on Tyneside un­til Jan­uary at the very least.

That is also why Ful­ham’s 11thhour in­ter­est in Dwight Gayle could yet fail. Again Ben­itez would be open to sell­ing Gayle for north of £15mil­lion due to con­cerns out the for­ward’s ham­strings and also his men­tal­ity in re­cent weeks.

Yet he will not do so with­out his suc­ces­sor signed up. Ben­itez has scoured Europe for an ad­di­tional striker over the past week - he had hoped to bring Ste­van Jovetic to St James’ Park, but the club’s fi­nan­cial re­stric­tions al­ways made that a long shot - but has yet to make a break­through in that re­gard, mean­ing the smart money at this cur­rent mo­ment in time is on Gayle stay­ing put.

How­ever, the fi­nal 24 hours of the win­dow al­ways throws up sur­prises. As soon as one player moves, the dam which is clog­ging the market sud­denly breaks and sud­denly there can be a sud­den surge of trans­fers.

The domino ef­fect is yet to take hold this sum­mer but, as New­cas­tle en­ter dead­line day still keen on do­ing busi­ness both in and out, Ben­itez is still pri­vately hop­ing for a fran­tic end to a frus­trat­ing win­dow.

Ben­itez is hop­ing to bring in Chelsea’s Kenedy and pos­si­bly off­load Jack Col­back, be­low

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