Nobody watching on from the outside knew that Ragnar Klavan to Newcastle United was a thing that could have happened before the close of the transfer window today and now the closest we’ll get to it is a little after the fact insight into an apparently failed move.
This thanks to a report today from Newcastle’s Chronicle, who say that manager Rafa Benitz has been left “seething” after the club failed to close late deals for a pair of bargain fallback options in the transfer market—including Liverpool’s Estonian centre half Klavan.
After failing to be given the funds to sign his top targets this summer, Benitez had been slowly working his way down the lists, and with deadline day near he believed that in Klavan and Stoke left back Erik Pieters he had a pair of attainable defensive reinforcements.
In fact, the Chronicle say Benitez was assured by the club’s owners the pair were certain to arrive before the deadline—which is something of a surprise in Klavan’s case as there’s been absolutely no noise about a potential departure for Liverpool’s reserve centre half.
And so now we know that a player we never knew was on the verge of a move away is in fact not going to be leaving the club today. As you were, then.