Rafa Benitez delivers major update on January transfers

Rafa Benitez delivers major update on January transfers

Asked if Lascelles, who has recovered from the adductor injury he suffered last weekend, could be considered as being on a par with that latter group, Benitez said: "For me, for sure". If some players leave, it's because we have a replacement.

It's been a frustrating time for manager Rafa Benitez, with the transfer window certainly something that's caused him a fair headache given Mike Ashley has been hard to get funds out of, and it seems that there will be some respite at least for now, with the Magpies favourites to beat Swansea this weekend. But we do not want to sell anyone who will add value to the team and we can not loan out players if we do not have options to replace them'. "No, it will be a massive game for them and a massive game for us".

He said: "It is a team that has a new manager and is doing well".

He remains hopeful of making two or three additions before the window closes at the end of the month, although he has had to downgrade his ambitions markedly since the turn of the year.

"But I don't see the game as a threat or something negative".

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"We are working (on transfers) but there is no news at the moment".

Carvalhal masterminded a League Cup upset at St James' in September 2015 when Steve McClaren was Newcastle manager and he repeated that 1-0 win against Benitez's side in a Sky Bet Championship fixture on Boxing Day 2016. My belief is that we will do what we have to do.

Indeed, had last season's leading scorer Dwight Gayle been at his best, he might have scored twice within the opening 12 minutes with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski diving to his right to claim one header and then looking on gratefully as a second flashed inches wide of the post after Ayoze Perez had bamboozled Kyle Bartley to cross. We have to think we will do something before January 31, and I have made it clear we need some help.

Newcastle United's hopes of having a successful January have been hit by a transfer "stand-off", according to a report.

Carvalhal said: "I can't say that is a penalty because of the place I was. It doesn't matter what happens (with the takeover)".

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