By Alex Taylor
Rafael Benitez has revealed he is close to signing four new players as he steps up his Newcastle revolution.
The Magpies manager admits the club have been quoted high prices for his main summer transfer targets.
But Benitez is confident that a stunning quadruple breakthrough is imminent and believes the deals could even be finalised within a week.
“We have three or four things ready” said Benitez, as quoted by the Daily Star. “It’s not easy because the market prices are high but we are fine. I think we can do it in one week. It’s really nearly there.”
The former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager is yet to sign any new players but has total control over the club’s recruitment.
Benitez has said no player will leave the club without his approval but a number of senior players, including Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum, have expressed their desire to quit the relegated outfit.
Andros Townsend could also leave St James’ Park as he weighs up offers from a number of top-flight teams.
As reported by Football Insider, Benitez, 56 is targeting players with Championship experience rather than recruiting from the higher leagues in an effort to secure an instant Premier League return.
Fulham striker Ross McCormack and Reading midfielder Danny Williams are believed to be among his top targets.
Benitez has managed 12 teams throughout his career including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Napoli.
Over the last 28 years he has won the Champions League, Europa League and La Liga as well as another 14 trophies with various clubs.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are eyeing a loan move for West Ham wonderkid Reece Oxford