Rafa Benitez issues transfer update at Newcastle after Joselu signing

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez wants to bring more players to Newcastle United – but he needs to trim his squad first.

The club this week signed Joselu from Stoke City in a £5million deal.

And the striker could make his debut in Sunday's game against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

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Benitez still wants to sign another winger – the club has been involved in talks with Chelsea over a season-long loan deal for Kenedy – and a goalkeeper.

However, United's manager admits he first needs to move unwanted players out of the club.

Joselu

Joselu

“We know where we are, we know the way to move forward and to keep doing our job every day with the team, every session, and try to do something in market to move players in and out," said Benitez.

"We have to carry on with our normal business but the window is like this, the market is like this, we have to stay calm and try to do our job.

“We always have a lot of players to move out before we can move in. it is too early to say if the work behind the scenes is good. We will see."

Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar and Emmanuel Riviere have been training at the club's Academy since being told they are not in Benitez's plans, while Grant Hanley, Jack Colback and Massadio Haidara are also available for transfer.

Meanwhile, Benitez reacted owner Mike Ashley's recent TV interview on the club's finances at this afternoon's press conference.