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19:50  06 december  2018
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Benitez predicts another tough transfer window

Benitez predicts another tough transfer window As reported by talkSPORT, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez believes that it will be another tough transfer window for the club in January. Many of the club’s fans were left frustrated when the summer window slammed shut, as they believed there was a severe lack of investment into the squad ahead of the current campaign. The Magpies currently sit in 14th place in the Premier League, after going unbeaten in their last three games, winning two and drawing one. However, the two wins were their only victories this season and Newcastle have done little to convince despite their recent resurgence. Benitez’s side will be hoping to continue their good form in the Premier League at Turf Moor against Burnley on Monday night. The Spaniard will be keen to add to his squad when the upcoming transfer window does roll around but with significant investment unlikely, the former Liverpool boss called for realism over his side’s chances of recruitment. Benitez said: “It’s January so it’s quite difficult – it’s not a question of much (money), it’s a question of how to find the right player.” “It’s quite a difficult window because the top-class players normally are playing in the Champions League and with top teams, so it’s very difficult for them to change.

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Newcastle United players are said to be worried about the prospect of Mike Ashley not providing the funds for Rafa Benitez to strengthen in January.

That’s according to former Newcastle player Tommy Cassidy, who told LoveSport Radio that members of the playing staff have expressed their concern to him personally as the January window approaches.

“I go over to the training ground now and again. Even the players of today know they need players in. It’s not very often in the past where players have attacked each other.”

“But some of the Newcastle players who play today have told me they need three or four players in, but they don’t think the chairman will pay the money for them. So that’s a negative which frightens me.”

Benitez identifies two key areas to strengthen in January window

Benitez identifies two key areas to strengthen in January window Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has privately identified the two key areas needing strengthening in January, with Chronicle Live reporting that the Spaniard is targeting a winger and full-back cover. DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett have been the Magpies’ starting full-back pair throughout the season, but following Dummett’s recent injury on international duty, Benitez was forced to field Matt Ritchie as a makeshift wing-back against Burnley at the weekend. With only Javier Manquillo, who has made just three appearances this season, to call upon, Benitez is eyeing potential targets who can both challenge and support his first-choice full-back duo. The former Real Madrid coach is also keen on landing another winger, with Newcastle lacking significant pace and a goal threat for wide positions. Another striker has also been discussed, with the Tyneside club struggling to score consistently this season, but questions have been asked by supporters about how much money Benitez can expect to have in his budget come the winter window. Newcastle are also looking for promising young players for Ben Dawson’s Under-23s side, and are hopeful of making at least one new addition for the second string before the end of the window. Mike Ashley is prepared to make some funds available but has made it clear behind the scenes the club can’t compete with the top six.

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While Newcastle’s form has picked up recently, Benitez is expected to be very busy over the coming weeks as he looks to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season.

A deal to sign MLS playmaker Miguel Almiron has been mooted, but it now appears that he could arrive on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season amid fears that Newcastle will not shell out the necessary funds in January.

The Magpies are currently 14th in the Premier League, four points above the drop zone.

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Newcastle linked with Reine-Adelaide swoop.
Former Arsenal youngster Jeff Reine-Adelaide has been linked with a surprise January switch to Newcastle United. The 20-year-old is currently plying his trade in his homeland of France with Angers, who made his temporary stay at the club permanent during the summer transfer window. Reine-Adelaide impressed during the second half of the 2017/18 campaign and his displays convinced the Ligue 1 side to retain his services as they handed him a four-year deal. The France Under-21 international is a key player for Angers and has made 15 appearances for his side this season. However, according to claims from France Football, as translated by Sport Witness, his services are set to be in demand once again at the turn of the year, with Newcastle monitoring his situation. The Magpies have been linked with a host of players from Ligue 1 ahead of the January transfer window, with Reine-Adelaide the latest to be touted as a potential target. Nevertheless, prising him away from Angers could prove to be difficult given his clear importance to the team throughout the first half of the campaign.

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