The former Magpies head coach says it is crucial that the club avoid relegation so that Benitez can take them on to new heights.
The Belgium and Tottenham Hotspur man has been a main stay in the title-chasers' defence all season.
The former Chelsea midfielder has still not featured for the Arsenal legend's side this season due to nagging calf problem.
West Ham United's Dimitri Payet has had a wonderful first season at charge at Upton Park.
Rafael Benitez has failed to win either of his first two matches in charge of Newcastle United.
Part 3 looks at potential targets from Newcastle United, Norwich City, Southampton, Stoke City and Sunderland.
James Milner says it would probably be better for him to end his international involvement if he becomes just a bit-part player for England.
Everton have reportedly discussed the possibility of signing Jasper Cillessen from Ajax.
West Ham United have enjoyed an excellent season so far, and currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League table.
Neil Mellor offers his two cents on the perceived angry exchange between Liverpool duo Jurgen Klopp and Christian Benteke.
West Ham United loanee Jonathan Calleri has been linked with a move to Inter Milan.
Virgil van Dijk has suitors far more successful than Everton and the club would be wise to focus on more realistic targets.
Valencia wonderkid Rafael Mir is Tottenham's perfect prototype - but he could thrive at West Ham alongside former strike partner Toni Martinez.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has been hailed by Ledley King.
West Ham United striker Enner Valencia is currently on loan at Everton until the end of the season.
Bournemouth loanee's injury is bad news for Rangers and Celtic's pursuit of Emerson Hyndman.
The Celtic teenager looks to have a very bright future in the game.
The long-term damage for Goldman is hard to predict as well.
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on signing Christian Pulisic.
No more slashing jobs ?
Robbie Keane has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 warm-up match at home to Slovakia on Tuesday, with Martin O’Neill suggesting the long-haul flight his captain took from Los Angeles last weekend had not helped the striker’s knee injury.
A controversial film about the discredited link between autism and vaccinations has been pulled from Robert De Niro’s Tribeca film festival, after the actor consulted “the scientific community” and found “concerns with certain things in this film”.