Cape Town - Newcastle
United manager Rafa Benitez has set owner Mike Ashley a deadline of
January 20, 018 to secure the club’s much-needed new signings.
A run of eight defeats in the last nine games has seen Newcastle
plummet down the Premier League table to 18th spot, with Benitez
desperate for reinforcements in the transfer window.
Ashley is in the midst of takeover talks with Dubai-based
businesswoman Amanda Staveley, but while the negotiations continue,
Benitez says the club needs signings early in the window to secure its
Premier League future.
"We have to do things as quick as possible,” said Benitez.
“I have the belief and confidence that Mike Ashley, by January 15 to
20, will have everything done. I have confidence that he will do it."
Reports in the UK press have suggested that Newcastle have already
agreed a loan deal for Chelsea winger Kenedy, yet Benitez denied that
any moves were finalised.
"No, in terms of the transfer window we don't have any agreement with
anyone. At the moment we are progressing trying to be closer but I
don't know the budget that I have," he added.
"In terms of names in the press, some of them are impossible for us,
so the reality is that we have to understand that we have to keep
focused on football.”