Date: 25th November 2017 at 5:00pm
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Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has said that the club will have to wait until the summer transfer window to conduct the majority of their transfer business.

The Magpies struggled to secure their top targets over the summer, with the Spanish boss publicly voicing his frustrations as he saw just six faces through the door at St James’ Park following their promotion from the Championship.

Fans would have been hoping to see further investment into the first team squad over the January transfer window, with injuries having demonstrated how thinly stretched the side are, but Benitez says that any serious spending will have to come at the end of the season, when he hopes to have secured their place in the top flight for the next campaign.

He told the Chronicle: “I need to be sure that we stay in the Premier league. That is my priority now.

“If we stay in the Premier League, we will have more money from the TV for the future.

“But it will be easier to attract also players because in the Championship, you could convince players because we were Newcastle United.

“If you go to the Premier League and you are at the bottom of the Premier League, some players will say: ‘I will wait.’ But if you are in the Premier League already, you can attract players.”

Benitez’s update will come as a real concern to the Toon Army, who will feel that spending is a necessity in the winter market if they are to secure their Premier League status considering the lack of depth of quality at St James’ Park.

They were unable to bounce back from three successive defeats on Saturday when they took on Watford, as the Hornets made it four wins on the bounce against the Magpies in their recent meetings with a 3-0 win at St James’ Park.

In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has delivered a positive statement on the future with takeover talks surrounding the club.

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