Newcastle hoping to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings this week

Sherman Parsons
August 7, 2018

A compromise was reached whereby Rondon would have been part exchanged for Newcastle's Dwight Gayle but Gayle does not want to leave. Ten days before the start of the season now and this is wake up call. The clubs have swapped strikers on a one year loan basis.

Nevertheless, he has now been announced as the latest man through the door at St James' Park and will hope to establish himself as a key man for Rafa Benitez's side.

But the owner is very good at spoiling the party.

Benitez is adored by the Geordie Faithful, but has something of a strained relationship with the North East clubs controversial owner Mike Ashley, and only last week admitted that he was anxious that he has not signed more players this summer.

Newcastle are understood to have paid a £2million loan fee for Rondon.

But it's not just the supporters who Ashley has angered over funds.

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And they're doing this by refusing media duties, including not allowing the media film them for the Sky Sports "walk-on" graphic.

With the club's opening Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur less than a week away, the decision on the players' behalf not to speak to the media will come under widespread scrutiny if they uphold their stance.

"When I made a decision to come here - it's because I could see the potential".

"You're a very fearless man if you go out and criticise the owners, which to be fair is what he's doing", The former England boss told talkSPORT.

"We are concerned. Everyone in the dressing room was really upset with our performance and with how things are going, but we will try to change things in the next 10 days".

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