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Newcastle boss Benitez told by pundit to use his OWN MONEY to complete transfer deals

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Rafa Benitez had asked for an attacking player and a left-back - but he has got neither.

Sources insist there is money available and that the club are prepared to break their £16m transfer record set by Michael Owen's arrival 14 years ago - although Benitez is likely to remain sceptical until a major deal is completed.

Ferdinand told BT Sport on Saturday that he understood Benitez's frustrations 'because as a manager you want the ability to go out and spend money, but they're not in that position'.

He added: "At the same time, I understand Mike Ashley. Why is he going to spend more and more money — millions and millions of pounds — when he's looking to sell the club?

"He's got them to a point where they're back in the Premier League and they're consolidating, to a certain extent."

The comments saw Ferdinand blasted by fans but Keys thinks the ex-Manchester United man is right - even suggesting Benitez should put his hand in his own pocket.

Keys tweeted: "Well said @rioferdy5. If Rafa loves Newcastle as he says - spend some of his own money. He’s got enough.

"Management is about teamwork - why should it always be Ashley? Buy it. It’s still for sale. They’re in the bottom 3 & Rafa is responsible. He picks the team."

Benitez has had a damaging setback to his transfer plans this week with a deal for Miguel Almiron collapsing.

The midfielder, who starred in Atlanta United's MLS Cup win last month, was Benitez's top target as he tries to steer Newcastle away from relegation.

But the Magpies refused to meet the £24million valuation of his American club, while the £5m-a-year wage demand of the Paraguay playmaker, would make him the top earner at St James' Park, which was also a problem.

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