It wasn’t the best of summer transfer windows for Newcastle the last time out, with just 5 new faces arriving Tyneside.
Manager Rafa Benitez isn’t a happy man as a result, but is now resigned to make the best use of his limited squad strength going forward.
Should the Spaniard and Newcastle remain in the topflight together at the end of the season, next summer could bring good fortunes in the transfer market.
A couple of the club’s targets in the past are set to become free agents provided they haven’t renewed by then, and here are a couple of them the Magpies could attempt to land again.
The agent of the Hull City forward claimed Newcastle were interested in the Uruguay international before a long-term injury struck last month.
The striker, who scored 5 league goals as the Tigers got relegated last season, will be a free agent at the end of the season, and could make a fine squad player for Benitez.
The England international midfielder, who was linked with a loan move to the St. James’ Park over the summer, has a year left on his Arsenal contract.
With no guarantees of first-team football at the Emirates this term, could he be tempted into a Newcastle move next summer?
The Daily Mirror linked Newcastle with a move for the £5million-rated Hamburg midfielder, who was on the books of Tottenham before returning to the Bundesliga.
Having started just twice this season, an exit could just be on the cards.
The 25-year-old Porto striker, who has 5 league goals in as many games this term, was linked with Newcastle all summer, and is now entering the final year of his deal.
The Cameroonian has the strength to hit the ground running in England and could be a decent signing for Newcastle.