Boss still in dark over January budget

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Then on top of that, another 21% think the best we can hope for is "1 or 2 decent loan players".

"That is nearly impossible in January".

"I talk to Lee Charnley everyday, but no idea (on any budget) but still working".

He remains hopeful of making two or three additions before the window closes at the end of the month, although he has had to downgrade his ambitions markedly since the turn of the year.

'Pessimists will point to the fact that 10 days have already gone with no new players coming in and only four days, or nine days, depending on how you see it, until Rafa's transfer deadline'. So we can not say we will let players leave on loan if we don't have a replacement.

Newcastle United have been backed to beat Swansea in the relegation six pointer this weekend, with the club looking at getting further away from the drop zone. 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.

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

Republic of Ireland keeper Rob Elliot and defender Chancel Mbemba could return to the squad after recovering from thigh and knee injuries respectively, but Mitrovic is still sidelined with a back problem.

Swansea have doubts over Tammy Abraham (hip) and Renato Sanches (hamstring) for the trip to the north east. "We will try to do our best until the last day and believe we will do what we have to do".

"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".

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