By Russell Edge

8th Dec, 2017 | 2:58pm

Benitez reveals key Newcastle transfer talks, expectations for January window outlined

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has revealed he is expecting to receive backing in January from the funds that the club did not spend during the summer transfer window.

The Magpies endured a difficult time in the off-season when it came to bringing new recruits to St James’ Park, with just six faces through the door, including former loanee Christian Atsu, who turned his temporary deal into a permanent one.

Benitez himself had publicly voiced his frustrations at the club’s inability to secure his top targets, and was left scouring the transfer market for bargain deals after it appeared owner Mike Ashley was unwilling to give him the financial backing required.

However the Spanish boss has revealed that there were key talks held last May over the transfer budget he would be given, and has suggested that there are still funds that he was promised that have gone unspent, which he expects to be given for the upcoming January window.

Speaking to the press ahead of the clash against Leicester City on Saturday, he was quoted by the Chronicle’s Chris Waugh on his personal Twitter account as saying: “It is my conviction that we will stay up. But new players could help.

“We had a meeting in May & I am expecting that the money we did not spend in August to be available in January. I hope to have a meeting soon.”

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The Magpies host the Foxes after six games without a win, with just one draw on their abysmal run, which has left them sitting in 15th following their return to the top flight.

In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has revealed the club have been handed a double boost for Saturday’s game.

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