Rafa Benitez has already made significant moves in the transfer market but with five weeks still remaining, he has made clear that there is still some action to come.

Six signings are already through the door: Grant Hanley, Matz Sels, Isaac Hayden, Jesus Gamez, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle.

Whilst through the exit we have seen eight leave: Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Fabricio Coloccini, Gini Wijnaldum, Papiss Cisse, Andros Townsend and Seydou Doumbia.

After the 2-0 win at Southend, Rafa Benitez was asked if he expected to make more signings.

His answer was reminiscent of the flurry of transfers which included Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle, coinciding with the departure of Andros Townsend, Coloccini and then others.

Rafa has confirmed that other signings are being prepared but that it is a balancing act, as he waits to see whether other clubs push through with their interest in certain Newcastle players.

Rafa Benitez:

“Yes, we were moving quickly at the beginning (of transfer market) and then the Premier League teams started to spend some money.

“Then everybody thought that the prices will be higher and then it becomes more difficult – but we still have some things (going on) behind the scenes and we are close.

“We have some players that are now in the market because other clubs are asking for them – but we have to wait and see if we receive the right offers for the right players – and then we will move forward.

“The main thing for me is to be sure that we can bring in the players we need to improve the squad.”

Whilst it was made clear that Rafa did have a transfer pot to spend, the reality is that a Moussa Sissoko departure must radically change things, both in terms of the cash it would generate and his place in the squad to be filled.

Elsewhere, Cheick Tiote missed Southend due to having talks about a move to Abu Dhabi, whilst Florian Thauvin is clearly another one who needs to be moved on – the winger once again a peripheral figure last night, only getting the final 11 minutes. Quite clearly Thauvin doesn’t figure in Rafa’s plans.

However, if the likes of Tiote and Thauvin don’t find new clubs, then the reality is surely that Rafa would have little choice but to include them, as having high profile players on millions per year not even in the squad, would do nobody any good.

The Rafa job of turning around Newcastle United does feel as though it is still a work in progress and the quicker he can get the next wave of transfers in and out the club, the better for everybody.