Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says the club are in discussion with agents over transfers, but he is still uncertain as to how much money he has to spend.
Benitez is in regular conversation with managing director Lee Charnley, as well as owner Mike Ashley, in regard to establishing a transfer kitty, and the Spaniard would like to add to his squad.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Liberty Stadium where the Magpies face struggling Swansea, Benitez remained coy when asked about the club’s transfer plans. Benitez said;
The last time we (him and Ashley) talked, we talked about different players and trying to move forward.
I talk to Lee Charnley everyday, but no idea (on any budget) but still working.
Benitez did admit that he wouldn’t allow players to leave St James’ Park this month, unless the club had first found a suitable replacement. He continued;
We won’t sell unless we can replace with better players, and in January you need a lot of money to convince players to come here.
We’re not planning to sell anyone who we consider can make a difference to the team. We have had some people asking but nothing serious and no offers on any of our players.
But if somebody wants to buy, we’ll see if the price is good for us and for the player. But if they talk about loans we are not interested because we need them.
I’m still confident we will do what we have to do but I have to just concentrate on the games.
We are talking with agents but cannot push too much. We will try to do our best until the last day and believe we will do what we have to do.