Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed that the club were unable to compete with fellow newly promoted sides Brighton or Huddersfield in the summer transfer window.
The Magpies endured a difficult time trying to secure their top talents, with the Spanish boss publicly vocalising his frustrations at the club’s inability to bring in the amount or quality of the player that he desired following their return to the top flight after their one year absence.
With five new faces through the door, as well as the permanent signing of Christian Atsu following his loan spell at St James’ Park, the summer window closed and Benitez has had to wait until the transfer market opens again in January to strengthen his side.
However, Benitez has revealed the shocking detail that the Magpies were unable to compete financially with the other two sides which joined Newcastle in securing promotion from the second tier.
He was quoted by The Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth on his personal Twitter account as saying: “We have to compete against Huddersfield & Brighton but we couldn’t sign the players they signed or pay the wages they paid.”
Rafa Benitez: 'We have to compete against Huddersfield & Brighton but we couldn't sign the players they signed or pay the wages they paid.' #nufc
— Miles Starforth (@milesstarforth) November 27, 2017
The Terriers saw no less than 13 new players arrive on a mix of permanent deals and loans for their first campaign in the Premier League, while Brighton were also busy over the summer, seeing 11 signings join the club.
Newcastle also have the longest standing Premier League transfer record out of all the current clubs, having not spent more than the £16million spent on Michael Owen 12 years ago.
In other Newcastle United news, Paul Merson has slammed the club in his prediction against West Brom.