Rafa Benitez Reignites Interest in Galatasaray, Cape Verde Left Back Rodrigues

Newcastle is hoping to add some integral pieces come January.
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Newcastle United manager Rafa Benítez is expected to revive his interest in several summer targets, including Galatasaray left-back Garry Rodrigues, in anticipation of the prospective injection of cash, should Mike Ashley fulfill his wish of selling the club before Christmas. 

According to HITC, the Spaniard is looking to revamp his current squad after the inadequate level of acquisitions in the summer. 

Among his targets are a striker, a creative No. 10, as well as reigniting his interest in Rodrigues.

The Magpies had attempted to sign the Cape Verde international in the summer, having a £6m bid rebuffed by the Turkish side in August.

Newcastle have struggled in the left-back department this term, with Paul Dummett missing since the opening day due to a hamstring injury, Massadio Haidara out of favor and Achraf Lazaar out on loan.

The 26-year-old Rodrigues is certainly an enticing prospect, a true modern full back, who excels going forward; he has already recorded three assists and one goal in nine games this season. 

A true journeyman, the left-back has had spells in Bulgaria, Spain, Holland and Greece, but his swashbuckling style of play would surely enamor himself with the Tynesiders, should he be acquired in January.

In spite of the club's meager movements in the summer transfer window, Benítez has guided Newcastle to an impressive start to the season, where they currently sit eighth in the league, and a chance to go as high as sixth when they play Burnley on Monday night.

Should the current turmoil regarding the future ownership be resolved before January, as desired by everyone connected to the club, then Rafa will be hoping that the Cape Verdean is one of several new additions.