Benitez-striker

The Mail is reporting today that Newcastle has to wait until the end of the month to see whether Chelsea will allow their striker Michy Batshuayi will be allowed go out on loan for the season.

The report says that Rafa Benitez is interested in bringing the former Marseille striker to Newcastle.

But that isn’t really what Rafa has been saying in the lead-up to today’s game at Huddersfield, where he seems to suggest we will have the strikers we need for this season.

Rafa mentions that Ayoze Perez could be considered the fourth striker along with Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and recent signing Joselu from Stoke City.

Here’s what Rafa has said about his striker situation:

“We have had a lot of interest in some of our players but the question is how much they have offered.”

“So how much do you expect someone interested in Gayle or Mitro or one of our players to ensure it’s the right price? We would have to sign another one. We don’t have too many strikers.”

“Normally you will play 4-2-3-1, you can play 4-4-2 sometimes. Whatever system.”

“We have three, four strikers if we put Ayo in if we someone else. More or less, we are fine.”

With only 11 days to go in this transfer window, it would be difficult for Newcastle to make a big sale of a player like Mitrovic.

Rafa and Lee Charnley will be concentrating on getting players like Tim Krul, Manu Riviere, Henri Saivet and others sold before the window closes or at least send them out on loan.

It does seem that 25-year-old Moroccan International Achraf Lazaar will go on loan to Genoa, with the player being spotted leaving Newcastle airport yesterday – so if he indeed traveled to Genoa the deal must be very close.

We assume there will be an option to buy Lazzar at the end of the loan spell.

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