Belfast Telegraph

Growing frustration for Benitez as Magpies miss out on players

Rafa Benitez will continue as Newcastle United manager for now but the Spaniard has, for the second time this summer, grown frustrated at the club’s inability or reluctance to secure his top transfer targets and could yet leave St James’ Park.

The Spaniard has won his internal power battle with chief scout Graham Carr, who finally left the club last Wednesday, despite it having been the first request from the former Liverpool boss in his post-promotion debrief with managing director Lee Charnley in May.

And yet frustration persists because Newcastle have failed to close deals that Benitez knew were there to be finalised.

The Magpies dragged their heels on a deal for Florian Lejeune, a defender at Eibar, and dawdled over the loan signing of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, who has agreed a deal to move to Swansea.

Willy Caballero chose Chelsea over Newcastle, which was another blow for Benitez, who fears that complacency in the transfer market could drop the Magpies into a relegation battle.

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