The transfer window isn’t even open and the disappointment for Newcastle has already started.

The Chronicle reported earlier in the week that we were interested in a move for Swansea youngster Daniel James.

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But on Friday, Sky Sports News stated that Manchester United are now front of the queue and closing in on a £15million deal for the Championship ace.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, it looks like another case of a missed opportunity for Newcastle. Yet again we’ve been punished for not moving quickly.

James would’ve been a great signing for Newcastle. He’s young, talented and affordable. But it looks like his most likely destination is Old Trafford.

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While there is no shame in missing out on a player to a club like Manchester United, it is still a blow.

The uncertainty surrounding Rafa Benitez’s future is starting to impact next season as well.

We aren’t going to sign anyone until we’ve got a manager sorted for next season, meaning teams can get ahead of us in the transfer window.

 

Fans have recognised this, and while some have to laugh at missing out on a target so quickly, others are concerned that the managerial standoff is hindering our efforts to sign players.

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