With the transfer window closing Wednesday, Newcastle was busy all day. Rumors swirled — most notably Everton’s alleged late push for Moussa Sissoko — but without further ado, let’s look at how the Magpies made out.
Christian Atsu, winger, previously Chelsea
Writing was on the wall with this one. Newcastle had already agreed to a loan with the 24-year-old winger, including an option to buy in summer of 2017. He had already completed his physical.
Atsu never got his chance with the Blues after signing with them three seasons ago in September of 2013, rather spending nearly all of his competitive time on loan.
From Rafa via Newcastle’s website, "I agreed with our fans that we needed to bring in another winger, so I am very happy to welcome Christian to the club. He has good ability and pace in the wide areas and also has good experience of English football.
"He has a different style of play to the other players we have at the moment and that will be important for the squad."
Said Atsu, "I'm very happy to be at Newcastle. It's a very big club. They have good facilities and I think Newcastle have one of the best coaches in the world.
"St. James' Park is a fantastic stadium with 50,000 fans; the fans here really love football so much and I can't wait to play at this stadium in front of the fans."
Moussa Sissoko, to Tottenham
Sissoko had a tumultuous day, and it ultimately ended with a bidding war between Everton and Tottenham, with The Spurs coming out on top. The fee paid to Newcastle
Emmanuel Riviere, to Osasuna
The 26-year-old will be in La Liga for the reminder of the year. He has not capped for Newcastle since March.
Haris Vuckic, to Bradford
The 24-year-old Slovenian has been with Newcastle since 2009, but sashaying out of town is not a rarity for him — he spent last season on loan with Wigan, helping them to League One title.
Sammy Ameobi, to Bolton
The 24-year-old winger and Newcastle native is off elsewhere in the Championship, being a part of the slew of moves by Bolton.
Alex Gilliead, to Luton Town
The 20-year-old’s loan is good until January 7. He spent most of last season on loan to League Two’s Carlisle, netting five goals, one of which coming against Luton Town.
Jamie Sterry, to Coventry
The 20-year-old fullback is off to get some more playing time in League One zuntil at least January.
Kyle Cameron, to Newport County
The youngster will get a more consistent playing opportunity to play at Newport County. And from the looks of it, they will appreciate him more than Newcastle did.
Said Newport County boss Warren Feeney, “I think he will be a good addition for us.
“He is a very strong player, who knows this league and what you can expect at this level from the time he spent with York towards the end of last season.
“He will add competition for places, which is always healthy and he is very much a physical player, which will be a great benefit to us.”
Other noteworthy items:
— Crystal Palace came gunning for Paul Dummett, but no deal was done.
— Cheick Tiote does not appear to be going anywhere. Lorient was reportedly attempting to get a lone done, however there was no official word of a deal. Galatasaray was said to be in on him, but ultimately signed Nigel De Jong.
For a comprehensive timeline of events, The Chronicle did a great job updating the day as it happened.
At the end of the day, Newcastle raked in a ton of cash — especially in the Sissoko deal — that will be for valuable usage come next offseason. That will be huge should a promotion back to the top flight prove to be a reality.