Newcastle could bring 'mouth-watering' £45m star to St. James' Park

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe in the Premier League against Manchester City

Newcastle United will be one of the most exciting teams to watch out for in the Premier League this summer, with the club’s transfer budget supercharged by the PIF takeover. Dean Jones provides GIVEMESPORT with an exclusive must-read guide to the Magpies’ summer transfer window.

Where could Newcastle strengthen this summer?

They want to improve the spine of the team in order to challenge the top eight teams in the league. There has been big improvement since January yet the goalkeeper, central defence, midfield and forwards all need to be upgraded further to do it.

The only area that seems fine is at full-back, where Kieran Trippier has quality and loan man Matt Targett has shown he will be worth keeping.

Who could the Magpies sign this summer?

Goalkeeper wise they like Dean Henderson but they also went for Arsenal’s Bernd Leno in January so may yet revisit that if things don’t look good with the Man United man.

They have been linked after a host of players in central defence but don’t be surprised if they stick to British with a former Eddie Howe player in their sights in the shape of Lloyd Kelly from Bournemouth. Other links include Sven Botman and James Tarkowski.

In midfield, Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips looks to make all the sense in the world and would be a mouth-watering addition alongside big January signing Bruno. Transfermarkt value the England international at £45m.

They also like Jesse Lingard and hope he will reassess his pay demands.

Despite having Chris Wood and Callum Wilson, a new forward looks likely and they are looking at a number of targets including £37.8m-rated Dominic Calvert-Lewin and French prospect Hugo Ekitike. At least one new front-man will come in.

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Newcastle’s dream signing this summer?

Ultimately this fanbase wants a new number 9 to worship. They have the money to go big – so if they thought it was feasible they would go for Harry Kane this summer.

A striker that can lead them towards greatness is what’s needed – a man who can make them dream like they haven’t since Alan Shearer was in town.

There are big expectations, so let’s see if the club can meet them by landing a star name.

Who’s leaving St. James’ Park?

Newcastle have a huge squad and need to shed numbers.

Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandes, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Jamal Lewis and Dwight Gayle are just some of the players who will be available, whilst it looks like Sean Longstaff – who is out of contract this summer – is also likely to leave.

Don’t rule out some surprises with Allan Saint-Maximin a real possibility to go. He is looking for a new deal, which is not forthcoming. Is he a long-term player for Eddie Howe? Maybe not.

This club is suddenly looking to upgrade almost everyone.

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Newcastle’s biggest challenge this summer?

Finding the balance between reaching for the stars and being realistic in terms of Financial Fair Play. This is not fantasy football and they can’t just go around Europe offering bundles of cash to people.

Eyes will be on this club to make sure they are keeping the books in order. So Newcastle will have to be smart when it comes to recruitment.

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