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Rafael Benitez wants funds to bolster his squad

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez

Bengaluru, December 6: Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will reportedly demand a £20million transfer war chest to boost his squad in January.

The Spaniard has become worried after watching his side lose five of their last six games despite starting the season quite well and wants to strengthen his squad in January as he wants to finish in the top half of the Premier League.

The Mirror report that Benitez wants funds to revamp his squad to aim for a top half finish and is expected to be backed by the owners.

Newcastle are in need of a striker, a number 10 and a left back with Benitez not near spending the £70million he was promised in the summer.

The potential takeover of the club by Amanda Staveley could make the deals tougher to be completed, though will concern the Spanish manager.

If Mike Ashley does not sell before the winter window he may be forced to give Benitez the funds he needs.

The Magpies have been linked with Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun but have been told he will cost £88m which is an absurd figure.

Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw is also being looked at but his £20million price-tag could be a stumbling block for the Teessiders.

Newcastle are also reportedly in a three-way battle with Everton and Tottenham for Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro who is out of favour at the Spanish capital club.

Iker Casillas' name has also been mentioned with a shock move to St James' Park but it is unlikely that they will spend the amount they get on a keeper which they do not need desperately.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is also a name linked with a move and this would be a good deal for both parties as the player desperately needs regular first-team football in order to secure his place in the World Cup squad of England.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11:23 [IST]
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