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Transfer activity will go to the wire, fears Newcastle boss

Transfer activity will go to the wire, fears Newcastle boss

Asked if he had had to lower his sights this season after missing out on key targets, Benitez said: "I'm analysing my squad and analysing the other teams also, and I have more or less the same idea that I had before".

Underlying tensions behind the scenes at Newcastle United have resurfaced after Rafa Benitez revealed he has his lowered expectations for the club's summer transfer dealings.

"I can not change what he said in the first meeting or the interview".

"But you can not compare Liverpool with us".

Benitez was disappointed to lose out on a number of transfer targets earlier this summer - and he went public with his frustrations in pre-season. The situation is not what you are expecting, so you have to keep going to give the right message.

Following last weekend's results, Huddersfield appear favourites after their impressive start and Wagner's team will be high on confidence.

Jonjo Shelvey will miss Newcastle's next three games after stamping on Dele Alli's ankle last weekend. We are not talking about (competing with) the top sides, we are talking about the middle of the table. "We have to manage a situation that's not ideal, but that's what we have". "The players understand, they try to help him, but at the same time he is important and he has to behave as well".

While they have strengthened, the Spaniard doesn't feel Newcastle have done enough and is looking to bring in more fresh faces in the final two weeks of the window.

Benitez has recently bought Joselu from Stoke City and he might get a chance to play on Sunday, while, the Terriers will rely on summer-signing Steve Mounie to score goals.

However, Benitez believes the Magpies and Town, like fellow promoted side Brighton, are operating on very different levels of expectation.

Mounie made a memorable debut in Premier League as he scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Palace. Every fan realises that Newcastle is a big club that has to be there.