Date: 27th May 2018 at 1:19pm
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Newcastle United face an agonising wait over their transfer business this summer with all work on hold until the future of manager Rafael Benitez is sorted out, according to a report.

The Sun claim on their website that the Magpies will not be sealing the signing of any new recruits until they tie down the long-term future of the man in the dugout as he enters the final year of his current contract.

The club are said to be engaged in discussions with the Spaniard and keeping the 58-year-old on Tyneside is their number one priority, with any business regarding transfers dependent on the outcome of those crucial negotiations.

Football Insider verdict

Newcastle will know that keeping Benitez at St James’ Park will determine exactly how their summer goes and without him at the helm they will struggle to bring in the calibre of player they would like to see through the door. However, with the summer transfer window now shorter than ever before, ending at the start of August, there is no time to be lost and postponing any sort of crucial movement over the coming weeks could well hinder their chances of signing their top targets. Newcastle face a race against time to seal both Benitez’s future and get those new names over the line so it is time to pull out all the stops and get to work. If that means bending to Benitez’s demands, then so be it, for without him the transfer window will be another full of disappointment for the Toon Army. The clock is ticking, but will it strike midnight too soon?

In other Newcastle United news, there are key talks imminent after the club’s top brass held a meeting over the future.

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