Five Newcastle United players who could be sold to fund summer spending spree

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Newcastle United are preparing for what could be the most pivotal summers in a generation.

After securing a solid, if unspectacular 13th place finish in the Premier League it's time to start planning for the new season.

However doing that is proving a little bit tricky with a cloud of uncertainty over St James' Park.

A prospective £300m deal for Amanda Staveley's Saudi-backed consortium to purchase the Magpies is being considered by the Premier League, but with no decision made for several months it means that the club could struggle to put a tangible plan in place.

Steve Bruce will be adamant that he needs to improve his squad, but with no indication as to who will be signing the cheques, this could be harder than he thought.

One way in which Newcastle could fund their summer transfer business is by offloading several fringe stars.

But who could be sold on this summer? We take a look at five of the main contenders.

Karl Darlow

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There's a distinct possibility that a goalkeeper could be moved on this summer, and the former Nottingham Forest man is a top contender.

With Martin Dubravka and Freddie Woodman tipped to be the present and future holders of the number one jersey, Darlow may well be deemed to be surplus to requirements if the need for cash is too great.

The 29-year-old is bound to attract interest from the EFL and Scottish leagues, and that would no doubt include a decent transfer fee as well.

Ciaran Clark

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The 30-year-old defender looks to be nearing the end of his Newcastle United career.

With a contract that expires in 2021, it seems that this summer is the last chance to fully cash in on the former Aston Villa man.

With a new defender likely to be a target, offloading Clark could be a way to recoup a small transfer fee and get his wages off the books.

Emil Krafth

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After joining the club last summer, it's been far from a convincing first season at the club.

A lack of game time and an ankle injury disrupted his campaign, meaning that he's not exactly the first name on the teamsheet.

While he's had an opportunity over the last few months you'd think that the club could be convinced to sell if a suitable offer did come in.

Christian Atsu

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The winger could certainly be on the move this summer.

Atsu has started just six games in the Premier League this term, and has featured for just six minutes since the season returned from lockdown.

Should an opportunity arise to move him on, Newcastle will no doubt take it.

Yoshinori Muto

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It just hasn't really happened for the Japan international at St James' Park.

Muto started just one Premier League game for Steve Bruce's side this term - a total which should have been more given the club's attacking woes.

It's likely that the 28-year-old will be available this summer and the forward could be one of the first names out of the door as part of the summer rebuild.

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