By 90Min
November 20, 2017

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that he doesn't know if he can strengthen his side in the upcoming January transfer window. 

Following a turbulent summer for the Magpies, the season has gone well for them as they currently sit 11th in the league. 

It is well-known that Newcastle struggled in the summer transfer window and are in need of new signings, despite their current position and the manager is unsure of whether or not there will be new signings in January. 

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“I don’t know what will happen (in January),” said Benitez.

"I’ll keep working until January as hard as I can to improve my players, and if we can do something, we will. If not, I’ll try to improve the players that are available to me."

Benitez has been in contact with Newcastle's head of recruitment, Steve Nickson. The pair have reportedly drawn up a list of targets that they wish to acquire in January.

Newcastle were defeated 4-1 at the weekend by Manchester United at Old Trafford and Benitez spoke after the game about the difference in quality between the two teams.

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“We did really well, but when you play against a normal team, maybe you can make mistakes and get away with them. 

“When you play against a top team, you know you will get punished. “When we conceded the third goal and the fourth goal, you could see the quality that they have."

The substantial difference in quality was fairly evident at the weekend, and with this latest bit of news it might be a worrying time for Newcastle fans. 

The takeover of the club is still undecided and if that remains the case the Magpies could well have another transfer window like they had in the summer.

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