Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez called on the St James’ Park hierarchy to release funds to sign a new attacker this month.
Geordie fans made their feelings towards owner Mike Ashley abundantly clear at Stamford Bridge – numerously calling for the businessman to ‘get out of our club’.
With talks ongoing regarding a possible takeover, there may be a reluctance from within the Newcastle board to spend during the January transfer window.
But Benitez added: ‘We are quite close and have been close against the top sides, apart from maybe Liverpool.
‘But the final third is where we have to spend the money. The big clubs are paying £40 or £50million for players who make the difference.’
Newcastle have scored just 16 league goals this season, the second fewest behind basement boys Huddersfield.