But even if the deadline passes with no major signings, Benitez won’t walk out, despite privately raging at Ashley’s failure to back him again.
The Toon chief has been able to sign just one player so far this month – Chelsea loanee Kenedy, who is in the squad for tonight’s home game against Burnley.
“We are still trying to do things,” said Benitez.
“It is not the ideal situation when you have to go to the 31st, waiting for a phone call. It means something is wrong but we cannot change what is going on here for a while.”