Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez tells Gareth Southgate he needs Jamaal Lascelles


It's been a frustrating time for manager Rafa Benitez, with the transfer window certainly something that's caused him a fair headache given Mike Ashley has been hard to get funds out of, and it seems that there will be some respite at least for now, with the Magpies favourites to beat Swansea this weekend.

"I've made it clear we need some help".

Newcastle failed to sign the likes of Tammy Abraham and Andre Gray in the summer transfer window, but at least the pair did move on to fellow Premier League clubs.

'We can not sell players that are playing because we would have to replace them for better players and, in January, we would need a lot of money to convince players to come here, that is nearly impossible in January, ' said Benitez. If some players leave, it's because we have a replacement.

"We are not thinking of selling players that are playing already".

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"It might not be possible for the team to play as I want after just a month, what is important is that we fight to win games". But we are working on a list of players and we have some names. We have had some people asking but nothing serious and no offers on any of our players.

Looking ahead to this weekend's crucial fixture against Swansea, Benitez says he is not expecting an easy game. That might well limit Benitez's ability to make signings of his own this month, but the Magpies manager appears to have concluded that the risk of losing someone without being able to adequately replace them is too great.

"We still have some weeks to go and have to keep working and try to do our best". But if they talk about loans we are not interested because we need them.

"It'll be hard to create chances against them".