Adding a quality striker this summer is thought to be Newcastle’s number one priority. According to Mark Douglas of inews, that is most definitely the case.
Newcastle have at times lacked a significant threat upfront in Callum Wilson’s absence. While Chris Wood has contributed significantly to the recent surge up the table, he has found the back of the net just twice in 15 appearances.
Adding another consistent source of goals would significantly upgrade this squad. Along with a few other quality additions, that should help propel Newcastle into a top ten contender or even higher next season.
That appears to be the plan – to add quality over quantity. The net outlay could be significantly less than what was spent in January when five players were brought in for around £90m as there will have to be players offloaded which could bring in some money.
Newcastle did not make enough room for the new signings as Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis, and Ciaran Clark remain at the club but are not part of the 25-man squad. Loan moves were found for Jeff Hendrick (QPR) and Freddie Woodman (Bournemouth).
Douglas is reporting that Hayden, Clark, Dwight Gayle, Karl Darlow, and Matt Ritchie will be made available this summer. Even if successful on these five, Newcastle will still need to find more room to avoid having a surplus.
Newcastle will reportedly listen to offers for Miguel Almiron and captain Jamaal Lascelles. Howe may prefer to keep them on board as he seems to really like both players. Though they may not get the amount of playing time they might desire next season.
There are also the senior players away on loan to consider. Hendrick and Woodman may not be in Howe’s plans for next season. Matty Longstaff recently turned 22 and another loan spell may be the best option for the local lad.