Boss still in dark over January budget

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I have heard people talking about our players, but we do not have any offers. So we can not say we will let players leave on loan if we don't have a replacement.

"Without saying any names, we are not thinking about selling anyone who is playing and who is ready, because we need players", said Benitez, ahead of this afternoon's Premier League home game with Swansea City.

Newcastle have a deal in place to sign Chelsea winger Kenedy on loan but are waiting for the green light from Stamford Bridge for the move to go through. We need to strengthen certain positions.

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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.

'Pessimists will point to the fact that 10 days have already gone with no new players coming in and only four days, or nine days, depending on how you see it, until Rafa's transfer deadline'.

We are now in the 12th day of the January transfer window and no action so far.

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"It might not be possible for the team to play as I want after just a month, what is important is that we fight to win games". My belief is that we will do what we have to do. "We still have some weeks to go, and have to keep working to try to do our best".

Benitez would not comment on Beardsley's situation yesterday and insists takeover uncertainty won't jeopardise his hopes of strengthening his squad this month despite admitting Ashley has yet to tell him his transfer budget. I don't think it is intimidating. For me, it is obvious.

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

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