Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Boss still in dark over January budget

Boss still in dark over January budget

"But football is a cut-throat business, and I would rather we stayed up than them".

"But we do not want to sell anyone who will add value to the team and we can not loan players if we do not have options to replace them".

He said to BBC Sport: "Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still trying to bring players in - but might have to face up to the fact that this is going to be a frustrating month for him and just get on with things". "If I am waiting for players to come, and it is very hard to bring the players that you want, then you can not sell the players that are already playing and - more or less - doing well. A massive game for them, a massive game for us".

Newcastle have a deal in place to sign Chelsea winger Kenedy on loan but are waiting for the green light from Stamford Bridge for the move to go through. But if they talk about loans we are not interested because we need them.

However, while Benitez may be prepared to do business with some of his fringe players - Jack Colback is perhaps the most high-profile - he has no intention of cashing in on men he believes can aid the club's cause.

"We have to work with the names that we have and we have to try and do our best in the conditions we are working in".

Ashley - who had hoped to sell the club by Christmas - yesterday returned from holiday.

"We have until the 31st of January and I am confident that we will do what we have to do", he said. My belief is that we will do what we have to do.

"The team against Watford, Tottenham and Wolves played like I want at that moment", new Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal said about his first three games in charge. "I have made clear what we have to do now, without thinking about what may happen in the future".

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