Slaven Bilic weighs into debate about Newcastle's transfer spending

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Slaven Bilic has little sympathy with Rafa Benitez's transfer frustration – claiming West Ham have spent less than Newcastle United.

Benitez has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with the the club's rebuilding work since they won promotion back to the top flight, despite spending an estimated £35million on players such as Joselu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy and Javi Manquillo.

Meanwhile, tomorrow's opponents West Ham have been cast as big spenders after breaking their transfer record to land £24million Marko Arnautovic and spending a further £16million on Javier Hernandez.

However, the board have recouped around £20million on the sales of the likes of Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordtveit, Darren Randolph, Ashley Fletcher and Enner Valencia.

Bilic – who takes West Ham to St James's Park tomorrow with both sides still searching for their first point of the season – said: "They are not happy with the transfers, but they spent more money than we have spent in this transfer window, if we are talking about net money.

"OK, they maybe needed more to improve, because they came up from the Championship.

"It is a big club, they were all buzzing. They won the league and now it was 'now we are going to rule the world' or whatever.

"Maybe they tried. I think they tried. What I think happened is they tried, but maybe they were unable to get those targets that they wanted. Like we did last year, for example.

"Maybe they were thinking too big and those players, they didn't want to come. But I don't feel that they are not an ambitious club, Newcastle, with Rafa Benitez, who basically lifted them up even more."