Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has hinted at his frustration that Championship sides who are interested in his players are not coming forward with offers.
While there has been a lot of talk regarding Newcastle United’s inability to sign new players this summer, the Magpies have also been struggling to get rid of the personnel who are currently surplus to requirements at the club.
The likes of Florian Thauvin, Daryl Murphy, Vurnon Anita, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi are already gone but the likes of Manu Riviere, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul, Jack Colback, Karl Darlow, Henri Saivet and Grant Hanley still remain at the club.
It is clear that Benitez is looking to offload the aforementioned players in order to reduce the wage bill and a number of Championship clubs are said to be interested.
However, offers have not been forthcoming as of yet and Benitez has now expressed his frustration at clubs not coming forward to sign the players despite their interest and believes that interested parties are looking to leave this to the last minute in order to land a potential bargain.
The Newcastle United boss said, “The Championship teams – normally what they do now, they wait. They wait because of wages. If they buy the player one week or two weeks after, they don’t need to pay the same wages.
“We have some players who maybe have good salaries for the Championship while maybe Premier League teams are not interested. That is the situation.
“The market has changed and prices are so high. If you can kick the ball forward, they will ask for £10million. If you put the ball in the net, it’s £20million.
“I think each case will be different. You cannot say ‘You have to do this with these players’. Maybe some will have offers and others won’t.”