Newcastle paying the price for missing out on targets - Benitez

Hugo Lloris

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that he is frustrated by his clubs transfer dealing this summer as they have missed out on several targets. "I'm not happy with it, but at the same time, for me, it's a challenge and I will try to do my best".

"For me, I'm not totally happy with what we did, but I will try to do my best, working very hard with people at the club to try and improve what we have at the moment".

But Benitez feels his side haven't improved enough on past year, with just four days until their Premier League opener at home to Tottenham Hotspur. We know what we need (in the transfer market) and we will try to do this until the end of the window. "It's not what you want, it's what you need". Average players now cost big money.

The 21-year-old caused offence with his ill-advised posts on social media.

Benitez blamed inflated prices for Newcastle's struggles.




Deportivo La Coruna's president, Tino Fernandez, has now confessed time is running out to sign Perez - but he has not given up just yet. I have to continue sending my players the right message and giving them confidence about what we are trying to do. "We have to be sure the player is good enough for what we are looking for".

Having impressed for Sunderland, the combative engine room operator controversially crossed the Tyne-Wear divide back in the summer of 2014, when Alan Pardew brought him in on a free.

Owner Mike Ashley - who had promised Benitez "every last penny" the club generated through promotion and player sales in May - wants to see movement out of St James's Park.

Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders believes Rafa Benitez could walk away from Newcastle United.

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