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Newcastle interested in Lucas Perez

"He's obviously been told "get us back up, when we get into the Premier League, we'll challenge towards the top".

"The most-important thing is that the team won and I'm also happy that I scored".

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has expressed his frustration with the club's transfer dealings this summer - but has put paid to any fears that he will walk away from St James' Park. "The team spirit's quite good, and hopefully we replicate that this season".

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

'Sometimes it is not about you want, it is about what you need and what you can afford now'.

Benitez admitted his frustration at the lack of transfer activity so far this summer on Tyneside. "We are now trying to work in different directions".

"It's quite hard for every team, but especially the ones that do not have as much money as the others", he said.

If Newcastle are to continue their pursuit of Perez then they will face competition from his former club Deportivo La Coruna.

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed he has held talks with Arsene Wenger regarding the services of the 28-year-old forward, though the Gunners are standing firm on their demands of £13.8m.

However, Estadio Deportivo report that despite Benitez going public there's been "no news from Newcastle".

When Benitez committed to stay at Newcastle at the end of last season he was promised "every last penny" by club owner Mike Ashley to invest in the squad, but the reality has not been so simple. "But with his experience and know-how, he will set the team up to be very hard to beat".

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