Newcastle United are hoping to complete the signing of Chelsea winger Kenedy next week and retain an interest in Liverpool striker Danny Ings as manager Rafa Benitez continues to push owner Mike Ashley to allow him to strengthen the squad.

A deal for Kenedy has effectively been in place since the summer, but Newcastle have been waiting for Chelsea to bring in a replacement and Benitez suspects the arrival of Everton forward Ross Barkley will enable the transfer to go ahead in the coming days.

Kenedy can play as an attacking left back or a more traditional winger and Benitez hopes the Brazilian will be the first of three or four new faces to arrive, although he may have to move players out with Aleksandar Mitrovic, Henri Saivet and Jack Colback available to buy this month.

Despite still not being told what his transfer budget is, Benitez had a conversation with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley just before Christmas and they both agreed the squad needed to be improved in this window.

Although Benitez is frustrated at not knowing what sort of money he has to spend, he has given managing director Lee Charnley a list of targets and is confident the club will deliver some of them before deadline day.

One of those is Ings. Although the striker has indicated he wants to fight for his place at Liverpool, rather than leave on loan, Newcastle remain interested in the former Burnley player and have not conceded defeat in their bid to sign him.