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Rafa Benitez admits he's not happy with summer business so far

Rafa Benitez admits he's not happy with summer business so far

"I never mention figures but we have done all that Deportivo can, even making a big effort because of the importance that I believe Lucas can have in this team next season".

"We missed some targets at the beginning, and I think we're paying for that".

And Benitez is looking to sign more players before the transfer window closes later this month.

"I can read our fans saying "We will sign a £25m striker".

As with all clubs who are promoted to the Premier League, the question is whether the players who were good enough to take them up will be good enough to keep them up.

"I said "listen, we have to talk" and he said "do you have some money?"

With Newcastle seemingly needing to sell before they can buy, the ex-England U21 man has reportedly been told he's free to go, though his wages may be a stumbling block with surely only the Championship a realistic option for him.

Benitez added: "Am I happy with the way we have done things? No". When I made a decision to stay it's because for me it's a challenge.

Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that he would be very surprised if his old side do not bring in a flair player this summer.

"I'm working very hard with the people in the club to try to improve what we have at the moment".

But Benitez feels his side haven't improved enough on past year, with just four days until their Premier League opener at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

"It's very hard for me because my Chinese is not good enough", he said, referencing links with the Chinese Super League. "I try to do the best every training (session) and every game and to prepare myself".

The Newcastle United striker is on standby to face Mauricio Pochettino's side at St James's Park in Sunday's Premier League opener.