Rafael Benitez has stated that Newcastle will not be spending big this January despite rumours he could be given as much as £200 million to spend should a takeover of the club be completed before the New Year.
Amanda Staveley and her firm PCP Capital Partners are in-line to purchase the club from Mike Ashley having already lodged a £300 million bid.
While Ashley is holding out for a second, higher bid, it is still widely expected the club will find itself in new hands before Christmas, with Ashley eager to sell-up so he does not have to pump further money into the club during the transfer window.
Rumours have been flying that the Magpies will have money to blow come the New Year should Staveley find herself at the Tyneside club’s helm, however manager Benitez insists it is irrelevant and he will not be a ‘big spender’ in January.
Asked if a takeover would help him in the next transfer window, Benitez said speaking in the Shield Gazette: “It still doesn’t change too much, so you have to look for good players and if they’re available and in January that’s difficult.
“The last thing you ask about is the price. If we have a change in ownership, we don’t know if we will have money or not, because the Financial Fair Play rules. They don’t allow you to spend too much money.
“We’re just looking for good players – better players than we already have – or to fix positions we need to fix.
“We’re not thinking about how much (money to spend). We have an idea if this player could be cheaper or could be more expensive, but we don’t know, so we have to concentrate on what we can do and that’s preparing the side.”