Rafa Benitez in transfer 'stand-off' at Newcastle

Rafa Benitez is locked in a transfer "stand-off" at Newcastle United, according to a report.

Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 8:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 9:15 am
Rafa Benitez

The Sun claim that Benitez has been told to trim his squad before he can sign anyone in this month's transfer window.

Benitez wants to strengthen a number of positions in the January window.

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However, United's manager – who has been looking at the loan market – is reluctant to sell anyone before a replacement is secured.

West Ham United are understood to be interested in midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, while a report in France has claimed that Bordeaux want striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Benitez is prepared to sell some players, though he would rather buy before he sells.

Mike Ashley

The 57-year-old, mindful of the sensitivity of owner Mike Ashley to some of his comments about transfers, has toned down his rhetoric over the past fortnight.

Benitez has been reluctant to discuss the window in his last couple of pre-match press conferences.

Newcastle are 13th in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday's home game against Swansea City.