Rafael Benitez drops clearest hint about Newcastle United's January transfer plans yet

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on December 1, 2018 in Newcastle upon...

Newcastle United are set to be active in the January transfer window, if Rafael Benitez's comments are anything to go by.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on December 1, 2018 in Newcastle upon...

Rafael Benitez has once again hinted that he is planning to do business at Newcastle United in the January transfer window in the Chronicle.

Newcastle were beaten 3-0 by West Ham United in their most recent outing, as their good run of form crashed to an end.

Newcastle had won three matches on the bounce to push on up the table, but they were outclassed by West Ham in front of their own fans.

 

And when asked whether the result was a reminder that Newcastle needed to business in January, Benitez said: “It does not remind me because we knew already.

"We knew the players they had and how it would be a dangerous game for us, especially on the counter.

"Everything that happened [against West Ham], we knew could happen and that’s my disappointment. We didn’t prevent the problem we knew we could see on the pitch.”

Benitez’s comments suggest that transfers are certainly on the agenda at Newcastle.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez gestures during the Premier League match between Burnley and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on November 26, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

The Magpies were quiet in the summer, with Benitez only having a limited budget to spend.

It remains to be seen whether Mike Ashley will hand out more funds to the Newcastle boss in the new year.

If Newcastle are able to enter the market for new signings in January then strengthening their attack is likely to be Benitez’s main priority.

Newcastle are currently in 15th place in the Premier League table, and sit three points above the drop zone.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez during the Premier League Match between Newcastle Unite and West Ham United on December 1, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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