With the club's takeover looming in the background, Benitez still hasn't been told how much - if any - money he has to spend.
Asked if the club was any closer to a breakthrough, Benitez said: "I thought that we could sign a player this week, but we couldn't do it".
"We have until the 31st of January and I am confident that we will do what we have to do", he said.
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"We were talking about different players, and I talk with Lee (Charnley, Newcastle's managing director) every day".
Stoke's search for a new boss is likely to continue as a result of the revelation, with the Potters wanting a new manager in place before their trip to Manchester United next Monday.
"And in January you need a lot of money to convince players to come here. A massive game for them, a massive game for us".
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However, while Benitez may be prepared to do business with some of his fringe players - Jack Colback is perhaps the most high-profile - he has no intention of cashing in on men he believes can aid the club's cause.
Chelsea winger Kenedy is one target, but Antonio Conte is not yet ready to let the 21-year-old leave Stamford Bridge. But if they talk about loans we are not interested because we need them. I have to concentrate on games and Saturday is an important game for us.
"We have to work with the names we have, and try to do our best in the conditions we are working in".
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"We are trying to move forward".
We also know he's unlikely to get what he wants.
Last month, it was hoped Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners group could help fund some January additions, but having been unable to agree a price with Ashley to buy the club, the North Yorkshire financier is understandably refusing to commit any of her own capital ahead of a possible agreement.
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Ashley, however, would rather Benitez sold before he bought.