By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is expecting to sign more players imminently as he holds daily talks with club chief Lee Charnley about transfers.

The Spaniard has revealed that he is hopeful of a transfer breakthrough soon as he looks to take his summer tally to six with a new centre-back.

The St James’ Park side has seen the departures of long term defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor this summer and Benitez has identified Blackburn’s Grant Hanley as the man to replace them.

“I think the market was quite slow, but now things are starting to move,” said the Newcastle boss to the Chronicle Live. “We are trying to do what we want to do as soon as possible.”

The former Liverpool manager did also reveal that he speaks to Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley daily in regards to transfers, including the Hanley deal.

“It is something that I am aware of as I am talking every day with Lee Charnley,” Benitez added to the Chronicle. “He’s in charge of the signings and the business. I cannot talk too much about that.”

Benitez refused to place a number on how many more players he wants, knowing that some of his stars could yet be sold if their valuation is met.

“It’s difficult to say. We have a big squad at the moment. The idea is to try to keep as many players as we can of this group.

“We are happy with what we have. Hopefully, we can improve it a little bit.”

The Magpies have been tipped to sell Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat following Andros Townsend who left for Crystal Palace earlier this summer following their relegation to the Championship.

However, Rafa Benitez has also brought in six players which include Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Matz Sels in an attempt to return the north east side to the Premier League in his first attempt.

In other Newcastle news, Magpies striker Siem de Jong has picked up another injury during training.