Date: 9th August 2018 at 3:00pm
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The Chronicle reports that Rafa Benitez has been left “seething” following the club’s inaction in the transfer market this summer.

The manager was interested in signing Stoke City’s Erik Pieters to strengthen his options at left-back, however, he hit a “brick wall” trying to sign the Dutchman.

The Stoke Sentinel believe a “cheeky” £2m offer was made by the club on deadline day, but the bid was knocked back. Fans on Twitter are extremely frustrated with how the club have handled things:

Some didn’t want us to sign Pieters anyway:

Considering the restrictions placed on Rafa when it comes to signings, it must be infuriating that even when he asks for a budget signing, the club can’t even get that one over the line.

Hopefully, between now and 5 pm, the club make a move for a left back that the manager actually wants to sign, but I am not putting my house on that.

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