Newcastle United news: Striker ready to 'push on' amid Rangers interest, Benitez looks to trim squad

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is looking to balance his squad and move on unwanted players - ahead of further summer signings.

The club has signed eight players so far this summer and Benitez is hopeful of more arrivals.

Everton’s Brendan Galloway could join ahead of Saturday’s home game against Huddersfield Town.

A number of fringe players could leave on loan or on permanent deals this month as Benitez looks to focus on the core group of players he feels can make a contribution in the Championship.

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Meanwhile, Adam Armstrong hopes he gets the chance to play under Rafa Benitez all season at Newcastle United.

The striker is a transfer target of Rangers and Benitez could yet loan the forward out before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month.

"It’s a massive thing for the gaffer and all his staff to be staying,” said Armstrong, who scored 20 goals for Coventry.

"He’s brought some signings in, which is great for the club.

"It’s what we needed, and I think we’re ready to push on now."

And finally, Benitez has backed the Gallowgate Flags initiative which will see around 500 flags, designed and funded by fans, waved before kick-off against Huddersfield.

A statement from the group said: “Gallowgate Flags has formed as part of a break from the pessimism of recent years and a desire to get behind the manager and his players in order to propel United back to the Premier League.”