Newcastle United's transfer policy blocked Rafa Benitez signing Dennis Praet

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Benitez has had conversations with the clubs managing director Lee Charnley as well as club owner Mike Ashley about the possibility of bringing in new players this month.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's visit of bottom-of-the-table Swansea, Benitez remained typically coy when asked about Newcastle's chances of strengthening their squad before the end of January's transfer deadline.

Benitez said: "I have heard people talking about our players but we do not have any offers".

Benitez admitted he will not allow anyone to leave St James' Park, unless they have a replacement ready to sign. We want to stay in the Premier League, so then we have to support our players.

"As soon as I found out Newcastle were interested, there was only one place to go, but obviously I don't want to see them go down, because I want to play against them and I have mates in their team", said Shelvey, signed in January 2016 for £12million. "We are not thinking of selling players that are playing already".

The former Sheffield Wednesday coach will need to assess both Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham before kick-off as they try to overcome hamstring and hip injuries respectively. "No, it will be a massive game for them and a massive game for us".

After nine games without a win, Newcastle have now won three of their last five and confidence is high in the north east.

"There are only a few points between six teams, which is not too much".

Benitez will face the media today ahead of the Swansea game.

He added: "They have a new manager". "Teams are deep and organised, and it's hard to break them down". It will be a tough game for us.

The Chronicle reported in August that Sampdoria's Belgian worldwide midfielder was enticed by the prospect of making a move to Newcastle in the summer and would have rejected Everton due to the chance to work with the Champions League-winning manager. Midfielder Leroy Fer is back after suspension and Swansea will be trying to stop Newcastle winning their third successive game against them.

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