Cole had been linked with a move to Real Madrid or Paris St Germain, but this weekend a breakthrough appears to have been reached with Chelsea.
“I’m really pleased. The paperwork has to be done but the agreement is there,” Benitez told the club’s website.
“We are happy and he is happy.”
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.