By Russell Edge

13th Jan, 2018 | 7:45pm

Benitez makes £25million transfer claim over Newcastle first team regular

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has said that he would have to spend in the region of £25million in the transfer market to secure the signing of a striker better than summer arrival Joselu.
The Spanish striker came off the bench on Saturday to score an equalising goal in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City, after Jordan Ayew had given the visitors the lead less than 10 minutes before at St James’ Park.
It was a well taken strike, coming after he rescued Ayoze Perez’s deflected shot before turning and hitting the ball low past Lukas Fabianski and just past the far post into the net.
Having scored just his fourth Premier League goal of the campaign, which have come in 20 appearances since arriving from Stoke City over the summer, Benitez says that he is happy with the 27-year-old’s contribution and that an improvement would cost over five-times the £5million handed to the Potters.
He told the Chronicle: “In this new world of football now where everything is so expensive, we knew he could score goals, that he could make a contribution, and he’s doing that.
“Could he score more goals? Yes, but maybe you would have to pay £25million or something like that.
“He’s doing a great job for the team, he is working really hard and scoring some goals, so I am really happy with him.”
His strike puts him out in front on the list of the Magpies’ top scorers in the league, with Dwight Gayle, who passed up a handful of goal scoring opportunities before being replaced by the Spaniard, sitting on three goals.
In other Newcastle United news, fans were left raging over one man’s efforts in the club’s draw against the Swans.

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