Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has admitted his frustration over the lack of summer signings but insists he will continue to work hard to improve his squad before the Premier League season begins, according to a report on Sky Sports.

The Spaniard has been looking to make big-name additions to his squad this transfer window but has found it difficult to do so. The Magpies missed out on signing Tammy Abraham from Chelsea, who was one of Benitez’ main targets this summer.

The Championship winners also missed out on signing goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Manchester City as he opted to join Chelsea, but Benitez has managed to sign Christian Atsu and Florian Lejeune thus far.

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley said that he would provide the funds for Benitez to sign players to improve the squad to ensure survival in the Premier League.

“The market is a little bit crazy. We have to try to do our best,” said Benitez.

“The top sides have a lot of money. The other teams are spending too, but we will see what we can do.”

Benitez had hoped that by this stage of the transfer window Newcastle would have acquired three or four big name signings, but he is refusing to give up.

The manager knows that they are not in an ideal situation at the moment but has urged fans to be patient as the beginning of the Premier League campaign edges closer.

“We can do nothing other than just keep working to find the players that we want, and hopefully we can do it,” he concluded.

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