"I still don't know the budget but we are working on it".
Benitez would also like to sign a left-back and centre-forward this month, with Liverpool's Danny Ings still a live option in the latter position. "If I am waiting for players to come, and it is very hard to bring the players that you want, then you can not sell the players that are already playing and - more or less - doing well".
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Benitez has stressed the need for additions if Newcastle are to stay up, but he has not made one signing so far this month, and he surely now will be hoping that he does not have to watch another player on his wishlist join a different club. If some players leave, it's because we have a replacement.
'Pessimists will point to the fact that 10 days have already gone with no new players coming in and only four days, or nine days, depending on how you see it, until Rafa's transfer deadline'. We have had some people asking but nothing serious and no offers on any of our players. But we are working on a list of players and we have some names.
"I'm still confident we will do what we have to do but I have to just concentrate on the games".
Lascelles has recovered from a groin injury which forced him off during the first half of the 3-1 FA Cup win over Luton last week in time for this afternoon's crucial clash at home to Swansea.
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. But if they talk about loans we are not interested because we need them. It is very hard to create chances against them. "A massive game for them, a massive game for us".