If you were wondering just how desperate Rafa Benitez became on transfer deadline day, consider this; he wanted Ragnar Klavan as a back-up left-back.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley might have promised that there would be money to spend this summer after Benitez led Newcastle to a top half Premier League finish but it seems that smoke and mirrors were once again in operation.
The Magpies only spent around £20 million all summer, mere pennies by Premier League standards and less than the likes of Huddersfield and Cardiff. And Benitez was once again left visibly frustrated as Newcastle failed to secure the vast majority of his top targets – including a new left-back.
Links with the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Stanley N’Soki, Joe Bryan, Nicolas Tagliafico and Leighton Baines came and went. And it seems that Benitez made a rather desperate last ditch attempt to lure Liverpool’s Estonian international Ragnar Klavan to St James’ Park.
The Chronicle reports that Bentiez felt Klavan could offer cover at left-back, despite the fact that you can count on one hand the amount of times he has played in that position during his two years at Anfield.
The report adds that Newcastle blocked a move for Klavan who, at 32, doesn’t fit the club’s profile of signing younger players.
If Benitez stays at Newcastle for much longer, his perseverance can only be applauded.