Newcastle United have signed Kenedy

Lawrence Cooper
August 11, 2017

Recent reports have the deal nearing completion, as the 21-year-old needs to find valuable match minutes as he progresses in his development.

"We missed some targets at the beginning, and I think we're paying for that".

Benitez admitted his frustration at the lack of transfer activity so far this summer on Tyneside.

He could be set to join the plethora of youngsters out on loan from the Premier League champions, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Abraham and Izzy Brown among those doing so in the top flight.

However, the former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager insisted Newcastle, who begin the Premier League campaign against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday (13 August), have not strengthened enough.

But Benitez feels his side haven't improved enough on a year ago, with just four days until their Premier League opener at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

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"I'm working very hard with the people in the club to try to improve what we have at the moment". "I said, 'Listen, we have to talk.' He said, 'Listen, you have some money?' I like the player but it's too soon to talk about that".

"Sometimes it is not about you want, it is about what you need and what you can afford now", he said.

Rafa Benitez relies heavily on a 4-2-3-1 formation, but wing-back Kenedy would give him the option of trialling a back three at Newcastle United.

"If we are still in the race it's because we believe there's a possibility and we will continue to fight because the truth is the player is looking forward to joining us".

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.

Asked about walking away, Benitez added: "No, I made a decision to stay".

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