Richard Keys' response to Rafa Benitez's complaints has been described as 'embarrassing'

Rafa Benitez And Newcastle United Fans Left Underwhelmed Despite Signing Japanese World Cup 'Star'

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez has been looking to strengthen his squad and Rondon would be the sixth signing of the summer transfer window.

The Spaniard has brought in just five new faces for a combined fee of around £16.5million and is unsure whether any further additions will follow.

Newcastle finished an impressive 10th on their return to the Premier League last season despite what Benitez saw as a lack of investment in the playing staff.

While not explicitly negative about owner Ashley, Benitez's comments have widely been interpreted as a message to the Newcastle United's hierarchy.

Allardyce, who had a brief six month stint as Newcastle boss during the 2007/2008 season, believes Rafa is a courageous man to air his grievances with his clubs board in public.

"We were following him for quite a while", Benitez said.

Benitez claimed he wanted three or four more players.

However, if Rondon and Ings do arrive, then Benitez will surely feel slightly more satisfied.

Benitez is particularly frustrated at Newcastle's failure to meet Rondón's £16.5mn release clause but the striker is almost 29 and Ashley does not like signing players over 26 because he feels they become depreciating assets.

"But Rafa's fearless enough and experienced enough to do it".

Benitez has made no secret of his frustrations with what's taking place behind the scenes at St James' Park and is reportedly refusing to sign a contract extension with the Magpies until certain demands are met.

"I think if a bigger club had already been in for Rafa he would have been gone", Allardyce added.

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