Date: 10th January 2018 at 2:49pm
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Newcastle United are struggling to secure any transfer moves with the funds that have been made available to them, according to a journalist.

The Times‘ northern sports correspondent George Caulkin has revealed in a piece on the newspaper’s website that inside sources have delivered a damning verdict on the club’s hopes of bringing anyone in to the club during the January transfer window.

The piece quotes the anonymous sources as saying that “David Blaine would struggle to make any magic from what we’ve got available,” and loan moves for the likes of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and West Ham’s Joe Hart are: “Impossible… It’s pie in the sky stuff.”

The report does state that despite a lack of financial firepower, the Magpies have indeed approached their Premier League rivals over moves for the striker and goalkeeper, but that nothing came of initial talks.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez was vocal in his frustrations over the club’s inability to secure his top targets during the summer window, having seen just five new faces through the door at St James’ Park.

Football Insider verdict

This will be tough reading for any Newcastle fan out there, and it just shows the difficulty that the club are facing in the transfer window. Football has evolved into a big money business but owner Mike Ashley is sitting well behind the times, and if he is not careful then his naivety will cost him a lot more than the signing of a new striker. The club’s value lies in its Premier League status, and although Benitez is a world class manager, he is not a miracle worker, and relegation is a real possibility without reinforcements. The Spanish boss knows the potential the club has, with the Toon Army roaring on their side at a packed St James’ Park, but their passion is going to waste right now.

In other Newcastle United transfer news, the club are looking to secure an imminent deal for an international star.

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