Newcastle manager gives transfer update, two hurdles to overcome
By Will Butcher
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is still on the lookout for new signings, with five full days of the transfer window remaining.
The former Real Madrid manager has brought in nine new recruits this summer, while 13 senior players have left St. James’ Park.
Benitez revealed that he has a number of targets but that any new deal “depends on agents and prices”, as quoted by the Evening Chronicle’s chief football writer Lee Ryder on Twitter.
Rafa on transfers: "We still have time, names and targets. We are trying to do business. It also depends on agents and prices." #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 26, 2016
Newcastle are in the market for a winger, after Rolando Aarons fractured a metatarsal against League Two minnows Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night.
Sky Sports’ north-east correspondent Keith Downie has reported that the Magpies have enquired about Chelsea’s Christian Atsu in a loan move.
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We understand Newcastle have enquired about taking Chelsea's Christian Atsu on loan. But he's one of a number of players they're looking at.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 25, 2016
The 42-time Ghana international has less than two years remaining on his Stamford Bridge contract and, according to Downie, is one of a number of options being considered by the Magpies boss.
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined Ajax on a season-long loan deal, while Chieck Tiote and Chancel Mbemba are rumoured to be leaving.
In other Newcastle transfer news, fans have reacted with caution after the North East club were rumoured to have entered talks to sign this international winger.