Rafael Benitez says he and the Newcastle board have started to discuss potential transfer targets for the January window. The Toon boss made no secret of his disquiet at the lack of transfer action at the club over the summer but is thought to have been promised funds to help boost his side’s survival hopes.
Owner Mike Ashley is understandably keen to keep the club in the Premier League as he looks to find a potential buyer and Benitez is desperate to add depth to his squad.
The Spaniard says he has met with the hierarchy to identify potential targets but concedes it is not always a case of how much you have to spend when it comes to making January signings.
Perhaps in a bid to temper expectations, the 58-year-old has reminded fans that the winter window is often about who is up for grabs. “January is quite difficult. It’s not about how much, it’s about what players are available,” he said. “We don’t have Premier League loans available.
We will have to work hard. We are working on players and working on names, but we have to keep winning.”