Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Newcastle United boss reveals his plans for Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle United boss reveals his plans for Jonjo Shelvey

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.

They defeated Stoke City 1-0 away from home in their last outing, before beating Luton Town 3-1 in the third round of the FA Cup and Benitez will be keen his players keep that momentum moving forward.

Last month, it was hoped Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners group could help fund some January additions, but having been unable to agree a price with Ashley to buy the club, the North Yorkshire financier is understandably refusing to commit any of her own capital ahead of a possible agreement.

Naturally any buyer will look to get the best deal possible so rumours of a £250m bid from PCP was mooted, this being rejected by Ashley, obviously holding out for something nearer his dream price, and since this rejection we have been left in no man's land on the takeover and as a outcome, player recruitment.

The Newcastle manager also revealed that he would have a number of players who would not be able to feature against the Swans, although offered some positive news regarding some of them.

Carvalhal said: "After the game, I don't know if we have achieved one point or lost two, really, especially when I arrive in the dressing room and my players are really upset because there was the feeling that we could win this game".

Progress on incoming signings remains painfully slow, with a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Kenedy now the brightest prospect, and in the meantime the manager is concentrating only on today's home clash with Swansea and the task of easing the club further clear of the drop zone. "It is the opposite, a chance for us to enjoy and fight for the three points".

"It is not a team at the bottom that will come here and say, "We are relegated" and that is it".

"And we wouldn't loan out if we do not have options to replace them".

Angel Rangel is out with a calf strain but Ki Sung-yueng and Leon Britton are fit after a similar injury, and Leroy Fer is available after his red card against Wolves was rescinded.

"But he's doing a great job for the team, he is working really hard and scoring some goals, so I am really happy with him".

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

"So we have to just wait, work on our targets and try to get the players that we want".

"It will not happen in two days or two weeks".

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