Rafael Benitez hopeful of fourth signing


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Manager Rafael Benitez says he is optimistic Newcastle United will have added a fourth new face to their squad before heading out to Portugal for more pre-season action.

Benitez recently revealed the Magpies were having to wheel-and-deal in the transfer market due to limited funds and the lack of financial backing has left supporters frustrated ahead of the new campaign.

However, the Spanish tactician has managed to work his magic this summer with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park, signing on a permanent deal.

South Korea international Ki Sung-yueng has also arrived on a free transfer after his contract at Swansea City expired whilst Brazilian Kenedy, who also enjoyed a successful loan stint in the north east last term, has joined on a season-long loan.

Newcastle continue to be linked with attacking reinforcements and reports on Tuesday suggested the club were in talks with West Brom over a move for Venezuela Salomon Rondon.

The Magpies, who are 67.00 to finish in the top four, have also been credited with an interest in Rondon’s team-mate Matt Phillips and some rumours claimed a double deal could be on the cards.

Newcastle continue their pre-season training at the club’s Benton base next week and have a game away to Hull City on Tuesday night before jetting off to Porto a couple of days later.

When asked if he was looking to get a new face through the door before the trip to Portugal, Benitez told the Chronicle: “Hopefully.

We hope to have somebody and we will continue working and trying to do the best for the squad.”

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