Boss still in dark over January budget

  • Boss still in dark over January budget

Boss still in dark over January budget

Despite talk of a takeover, Benitez says he is not sure if he will have funds for the January transfer window despite Newcastle in desperate need of a striker, with their top scorer being Ayoze Perez with just four goals in all competitions.

That's according to the BBC's Mark Lawrenson, who also admitted it's hard for Rafa this January.

Asked if the club was any closer to a breakthrough, Benitez said: "I thought that we could sign a player this week, but we couldn't do it".

The 57-year-old told reporters: "We have a lot of people working, talking to agents, giving us names and options".

Newcastle would only have to pay a compensation fee to Toure's BSC Young Boys, as he's yet to sign a professional deal, and this signing would certainly be one for the future rather than providing an immediate boost to Benitez's attacking ranks. So we can not say we will let players leave on loan if we don't have a replacement. "If I am waiting for players to come, and it is very hard to bring the players that you want, then you can not sell the players that are already playing and - more or less - doing well.

We are not thinking of selling players that are playing already".

"We have until the 31st of January and I am confident that we will do what we have to do", he said. We don't have any offers.

Lascelles has recovered from a groin injury which forced him off during the first half of the 3-1 FA Cup win over Luton last week in time for this afternoon's crucial clash at home to Swansea. "A massive game for them, a massive game for us". "It is positive, it is a chance for us to try and play football and fight for the three points". We need to strengthen certain positions.