Newcastle United transfer round up: Kayode signing 'imminent', but Carr decision 'costing Magpies £300k a week

A general view of St James' Park is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James' Park on October 18, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Friday's top transfer news involving Newcastle United.

Former chief scout Graham Carr had buyers lined up for five Newcastle United players before his departure from St James' Park earlier this summer, The Sun's Neil Ashton reports (11 August, page 63).

It is claimed deals for Massadio Haidara, Henri Saivet, Grant Hanley, Jack Colback and Emmanuel Riviere have fallen through in the wake of Carr's exit, costing the Magpies £300,000-a-week in the meantime.

And that money - plus any additional transfer fees - could have come in handy given Mike Ashley's comments to Sky Sports on Friday.

When asked about the funds available to manager Rafa Benitez this summer, the Newcastle owner said: "Not enough, it's very simple, it's not enough. Rafa knows that and it's not a secret.

Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle United and Lee Charnley, managing director of Newcastle United both look on from the stands during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United...Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (centre) with managing director Lee Charnley (right)

"Every penny the club generates he can have, but it won't generate enough. Newcastle United does not have a £40m-a-year stadium naming rights deal.

"I don't want the fans to watch this interview and think 'that's great Rafa is getting £150m in the morning' - he's not.

"Rafa has [managing director] Lee Charnley's help. And Lee Charnley answers to Rafa and not the other way around, let's make that crystal clear. Rafa makes all the final decisions on players out and players in but he has to do it with the money the club has."

Benitez is however rumoured to be closing in on the loan signing of versatile Chelsea player, Kenedy.

And discussing potential new recruits on Friday, the Spaniard is quoted as telling The Shields Gazette: "We have some targets, but we also have a lot of players in this team. We need to find this balance.

"We are progressing with some targets and we'll see if we can bring them in."

But when asked specifically about Kenedy, he replied: "We're progressing with some (targets) and maybe he is one of them."

Josuha Guilavogui of Wolfsburg passes the ball during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and VfL Wolfsburg at the Emirates Stadium on July 26, 2015 in London, England.Josuha Guilavogui in action for Wolfsburg

According to Bild, Newcastle are interested in signing French defensive midfielder Josuha Guilavogui from Wolfsburg, but face competition from Champions League qualifiers Nice.

Guilavogui featured against the Magpies in a pre-season friendly at the start of the month, and a fee of £13.7 million is said to be realistic, which, based on the above, could put him out of their range.

And finally, Score Nigeria reports Newcastle could sign Austria Wien striker Olarenwaju Kayode "within a matter of days".

The powerful striker has scored 30 goals in 67 games for his current employers and would reportedly face no problems gaining a work permit to play in England.

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