Rafa Benitez remained coy when he was quizzed on Newcastle’s reported interest in signing Miguel Almiron.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s game against Wolves, as reported by Shields Gazette, the Spaniard refused to confirm that a bid has been lodged for the player.

It has been suggested that Newcastle could sign the player on loan until the end of the season in a deal that would include the option to buy him permanently for a fee in the region of £15 million.

Despite the intensifying reports linking the club with the Paraguayan midfield maestro, Benitez was in no mood to discuss rumours of a bid.

I don’t talk about players, but I’ve heard that someone has said we made an offer and after, we said ‘No, we didn’t make any offer’. We don’t talk about players.

If we make an offer, they will know, we will know and not necessarily the press will know. At the moment, there is no news and we carry on with the players that we have trying to do our best for the next game.

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Benitez is expected to be busy during the January window with the Magpies in need of added reinforcement.

Several players have been linked with a move to St James’ Park in the new year, but Almiron has emerged as one of the club’s key targets.