Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has said that the club’s transfer situation could get worse as a result of the ongoing takeover talks.
The Magpies are currently sitting in 13th in the Premier League following their return to the top flight from the Championship, the lowest of all the newly promoted sides despite finishing last season as champions.
They endured a difficult time in the summer transfer window, managing to secure deals for just six players through the door, one of which was turning former loanee Christian Atsu’s temporary deal into a permanent one.
Benitez was publicly vocal about his frustrations towards the club’s inability to secure his top targets, and Monday saw him state that the club were unable to compete financially with fellow promoted sides Huddersfield or Brighton.
Now he has delivered the stark warning that the club may find themselves in a worse position over the January window, suggesting that the current takeover talks could see them bring no new reinforcements in.
He also claimed that the club would have to spend between £25million and £40million to secure a striker who could net the goals the Magpies need, having only secured Joselu from Stoke for a reported £5million over the summer.
Speaking to the press ahead of Tuesday’s clash against West Brom, he was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “We do not know what is going on (with the takeover) and what might happen in January.
“Our fans need to know it could be even worse. If we cannot sign anybody, what can we do?
“An average striker is £15m, £20m, or £25m. If he kicks the ball forward it’s £15m, if he scores it’s £25m.
“If you want to buy a striker that scores 20 goals every year then you have to pay £40million.”
The Magpies travel to the Hawthorns on the back of four successive defeats, having lost to Watford 3-0 at home on Saturday, while the currently managerless Baggies pulled off an impressive 1-1 draw with Tottenham at Wembley.
In other Newcastle United news, Paul Merson has slammed the club in his prediction against West Brom.