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

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is unhappy with the club's progress in the transfer market, saying the newly promoted team are paying the price for failing to land their main targets early in window. "The team spirit's quite good, and hopefully we replicate that this season".

The Magpies had kept tabs former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero and Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, but the former moved to Stamford Bridge as a free agent, while the latter opted to join Swansea City on loan.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is reportedly planning a surprise move to leave midfielder Jack Colback out of the club's 25-man squad for the Premier League. "We must have a game plan and try and stick to it".

If the answer is no you need to take a long, hard look at yourself. Average players now cost big money.

After an interesting press conference after Newcastle beat Hellas Verona 2-0 on Sunday afternoon, Benitez is clearly becoming more and more open with the media when it comes to his feelings about this summer.

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"When I made a decision to stay for me it was a challenge", he said. "We will continue to fight because the truth is that he [Perez] is looking forward to joining us".

This suggests SkyBet think the chances of him moving on this summer are highly likely - the only question is where?

Deportivo La Coruna's president, Tino Fernandez, has now confessed time is running out to sign Perez - but he has not given up just yet.

Benitez has now admitted that he feels that his side have not improved much on what they had available to them last season. "But with his experience and know-how, he will set the team up to be very hard to beat".

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