Swansea hold misfiring Newcastle to 1-1 draw

Amanda Staveley

Swansea hold misfiring Newcastle to 1-1 draw

Newcastle have been linked with moves for plenty of strikers already, but with the club facing such an uncertain future with regards to their ownership, it will be hard for Rafa to attract top level players to St James' Park this month.

The former Stoke striker, whose £5million signing in August was symbolic of manager Rafael Benitez's transfer window struggle, stabbed home a 68th-minute equaliser just four minutes after his introduction to cancel out Jordan Ayew's opener. "I have heard people talking about our players but we do not have any offers", he said. So if someone is coming and approaching us about them, then we have to consider that.

Asked if Lascelles, who has recovered from the adductor injury he suffered last weekend, could be considered as being on a par with that latter group, Benitez said: "For me, for sure".

"And we wouldn't loan out if we do not have options to replace them".

Progress on incoming signings remains painfully slow, with a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Kenedy now the brightest prospect, and in the meantime the manager is concentrating only on today's home clash with Swansea and the task of easing the club further clear of the drop zone.

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He added: "They have a new manager. No, it will be a massive game for them and a massive game for us".

"It is not a team at the bottom that will come here and say, "We are relegated" and that is it".

Rafa Benitez has told his Magpies side to be wary of the threat the Swans can bring to the game, with Carlos Carvalhal's men now sitting bottom of the Premier League table.

"It will not happen in two days or two weeks".

It was a game Newcastle United had to win to move clear of relegation danger and it was one they should have done as Swansea City came away with a battling point that ensures the Magpies will continue to look over their shoulders.

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