Every summer like clockwork, Newcastle United fans experience a frustrating few months in the transfer window.
Two seasons in a row, club owner Mike Ashley has promised that all funds generated by the club will be handed to manager Rafael Benitez for the transfer kitty.
Once again, spending has been at a minimum, with Martin Dubravka signing a permanent deal, Ki Sung-yeung joining on a free and Kenedy returning on another loan from Chelsea.
Numerous names have been linked with moves to St James’ Park over the last few weeks, but done deals are few and far between.
On Wednesday, The Chronicle journalist Lee Ryder provided a piece of transfer news for the fans, but it was not warmly welcomed by all.
The reporter confirmed that young midfielder Sean Longstaff has had his proposed loan move to Portsmouth postponed, indicating that he could be given a chance in the first team.
#nufc have postponed Sean Longstaff’s loan move to Portsmouth for now. They will review situation again in two weeks. He will remain with first team for now.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 18, 2018
Some fans were delighted with this news, while others saw it as a sign that the club are struggling to bring in new players.
Desperation is sinking in….
— Chris Cossey (@Cosseycj) July 18, 2018
‘Newcastle united close to selling ayoze for 20 mil with Longstaff seen as replacement’ incoming
— Greg Espie (@EspieGreg) July 18, 2018
Normally this would be fantastic news, young player breaking into squad, however…..
— Carl Jenner (@carljenn77) July 18, 2018
Dear god. What a sham!
— John Walker (@Macjakedom) July 18, 2018
— Fake Bristol Geordie (@NUFCUNE14ST) July 18, 2018
Come August the options will be keep Longstaff or sign Joselu’s Uncle
Welcome aboard Sean
— Moggy (@moggy45) July 19, 2018
There’s our Merino replacement 🙄
— Chris Hall (@Chris_Hall1312) July 18, 2018
— Dave Rees (@johndavidrees) July 18, 2018
This will be the norm now I’m afraid …this is unbelievable!!
— johnh (@gizbyker1) July 18, 2018