Boss still in dark over January budget

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Newcastle would only have to pay a compensation fee to Toure's BSC Young Boys, as he's yet to sign a professional deal, and this signing would certainly be one for the future rather than providing an immediate boost to Benitez's attacking ranks.

Shelvey and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic are among those players who have been linked with moves away from Tyneside this month, but there have as yet been no offers for any of them.

"But the others? We can not sell them because the others are already playing".

Asked if there was a chance of history repeating itself, Benitez said: "I hope not, because we're working on a list of players and we have some names".

"I still don't know the budget but we are working on it".

"The team against Watford, Tottenham and Wolves played like I want at that moment", new Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal said about his first three games in charge.

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"Whatever happens, we will still be missing something in certain positions and that is why we are trying to bring players in". I have to concentrate on games and Saturday is an important game for us. My belief is that we will do what we have to do.

Rafa Benitez said back in December that ideally he wanted all new signings to be completed by 15 January and failing that, by 20 January at the very latest. But if they talk about loans we are not interested because we need them.

"We have to work with the names that we have and we have to try and do our best in the conditions we are working in".

As things stand, Ashley remains the sole source of transfer capital, but while the Sports Direct boss appears determined to keep his cheque book in his pocket, Benitez denies that the ongoing uncertainty regarding a possible takeover is having an adverse effect on the day-to-day running of the club.

"It is not a team at the bottom that will come here and say, "We are relegated" and that is it".

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