Rafa Benitez turns up the heat on Newcastle bigwig to splash the cash in January

The Newcastle boss admits that while his Christmas shopping is done and dusted he can’t say the same when it comes to his desperately-needed transfer window reinforcements.

Benitez is still waiting to learn the amount he’ll have to spend, following talks with billionaire Ashley.

But he reckons Ashley will stump up the cash despite being on the verge of selling the club.

Benitez said: “I’ve been in contact with Mike to talk about January and I hope that he is clever enough to understand. It’s his team, his business and he wants the best for them.

“We’ve seen the consequences of not doing business the way we wanted in August, so it’s obvious when we talk about January how important it is for the city, for every fan and for everyone at the club that we stay in the Premier League.

“I don’t know what kind of budget will be available at this stage, but it’s really important that we do things as quickly as possible.

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