Rafael Benitez's left-back longing hints at Newcastle United renewing Garry Rodrigues deal

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

Galatasaray rejected Newcastle United's £6m bid for Rodrigues in August, but The Magpies are still understood to be interested.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

With the January transfer window just two months away, Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the frustrating summer that had the cynics tipping him to walk away from St James’ Park.

With owner Mike Ashley unwilling to splash the big cash in the transfer market, Newcastle missed out on a number of Benitez’s top targets. With Ashley hoping to sell the club before the festive period, however, the Spaniard will be dreaming of receiving a sizeable transfer war chest as a belated Christmas gift from Newcastle’s prospective new owners.

And The Chronicle reports that there are at least three players on Benitez’s wishlist. The former Liverpool boss wants a left-back, a striker and a creative ‘number ten’ in the winter window – three positions the club failed to reinforce during the summer.

Will Newcastle grab Garry?

It’s at left-back, however, where Newcastle appear most in need of an addition. Paul Dummett has been missing since the opening day with a hamstring injury and, with Massadio Haidara out of favour and Achraf Lazaar out on loan, there is a complete absence of natural replacements.

Paul Dummett of Newcastle United walks off injured during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

Turkish Football reported last month that Newcastle are still interested in Galatasaray’s Cape Verde international Garry Rodrigues after seeing a £6 million bid rejected late in the summer window. And the left-sider should come into the club’s thinking again with Benitez hopeful of enhancing his defensive options.

In contrast to the steady and defensive-minded Dummett, Rodrigues is an attacking, modern full-back, reflected in his tally of three assists in eight Super Lig games for Galatasaray this season.

Garry Rodrigues of PAOK FC celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League match between ACF Fiorentina and PAOK FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on November 24, 2016 in Florence,...

Renowned for his dribbling ability and buccaneering play, the nomadic 26-year-old, who arrived in Turkey after spells in Spain, Bulgaria, Holland and Greece, would be a popular addition with both Newcastle’s fans and their manager.

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