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Rafael Benitez "hopeful" of one more deal

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Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that he is "hopeful" of concluding one more transfer deal before the window shuts.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has said that he is "hopeful" of getting another deal over the line before the transfer window closes this evening.

The Magpies have completed just one piece of business so far this month - the loan capture of winger Kenedy from Chelsea - amid reports that Benitez has been given limited transfer funds by owner Mike Ashley, who is in the process of trying to sell the club.

Benitez has already missed out on the high-profile signing of Daniel Sturridge to West Bromwich Albion and the club are also believed to have failed with an offer of £15m for Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Benitez admitted that he had been in talks with Ashley over securing more transfer funds and insisted that the "doors are still open" for a deal to be done.

"If a player is too much I will not say, 'Go for this one.' But, in this case, in this time, it has not been the case," he is quoted by The Mirror as saying.

"I understand what is going on in the market and I will try to find players early at the right price.

"In every single club I have been, normally I finish with profit, success and titles — or at least not creating a problem for the books. At this time, which team will sell their top scorer?"

Newcastle are currently 15th in the Premier League table, out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
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CYCLING
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