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Monday 21 August 2017

Benitez 'not happy' with lack of signings

 

Rafael Benitez
Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez has claimed he is "not happy" with Newcastle's transfer business so far as they prepare to make their Premier League return this weekend.

Newcastle have made a number of signings, including the £12million capture of Jacob Murphy from Norwich and Florian Lejeune for £8.7million from Eibar, but the Spaniard admits he is frustrated that more has not been done to improve last season's Championship winners ahead of Sunday's opener against Tottenham.

"I am not happy but at the same time for me it's a challenge," Benitez said. "I try to do my best."

Benitez said the inflated prices currently being bandied about in the transfer market were a big part of the problem, but also said the Magpies were paying the price for making a slow start to the summer.

"It is very hard, the prices are crazy," he said. "We missed some targets at the beginning and we're paying for that. Hopefully we can find solutions and bring what we need. It's not what you want, it's what you need."

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