Rafa Benitez says Newcastle talking with agents over transfers

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Benitez would not comment on Beardsley's situation yesterday and insists takeover uncertainty won't jeopardise his hopes of strengthening his squad this month despite admitting Ashley has yet to tell him his transfer budget.

And with that in mind, he has no intention of letting any of his current players go.

Asked if the club was any closer to a breakthrough, Benitez said: "I thought that we could sign a player this week, but we couldn't do it".

"But if somebody wants to buy, we'll see if the price is good for us and for the player". So we can not say we will let players leave on loan if we don't have a replacement.

"We're not thinking about selling anyone who's playing, because we need players", said Benitez.

Benitez admitted he will not allow anyone to leave St James' Park, unless they have a replacement ready to sign.

Florian Lejeune and Aleksandar Mitrovic remain unavailable but Christian Atsu is expected to be recalled after being rested for the Cup-tie.

Shelvey has been speaking ahead of tomorrow's home game against his former club Swansea City. "But football is a cut-throat business, and I would rather we stayed up than them". But if they talk about loans we are not interested because we need them.

"We are talking with agents but can not push too much".

"We have to work with the names we have, and try to do our best in the conditions we are working in".

Looking ahead to this weekend's crucial fixture against Swansea, Benitez says he is not expecting an easy game.

Stoke's search for a new boss is likely to continue as a result of the revelation, with the Potters wanting a new manager in place before their trip to Manchester United next Monday. It is very hard to create chances against them. So if someone is coming and approaching us about them, then we have to consider that.

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