The Athletic’s Chris Waugh reported last week of Newcastle’s plan to add around six new signings this summer. The positions to be targeted are left-back, center-back, two midfielders, and two forwards.
The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has backed those claims as his sources within the club are echoing similar sentiments. The budget has yet to be determined as Newcastle navigate the final stretch of the campaign with European football next season a real possibility.
Which competition the club lands in will determine just how big the budget becomes with the carrot of the Champions League still dangling. However, the summer plans are shaping up with the six aforementioned positions already identified and some enticing targets on the shortlist.
An attacking left-back seems to be a priority with Kieran Tierney the preferred choice. Arsenal would have to sanction a move for the 25-year-old who is tied down at the Emirates until 2026.
Newcastle are currently short in the middle after Jonjo Shelvey’s unexpected exit to Nottingham Forest. Edwards reported yesterday that Manchester United’s Scott McTominay would be targetted in the summer with Leicester City’s James Maddison the preferred playmaker.
Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher and Wolves’ Ruben Neves have also been discussed. Gallagher has been a long-term target dating back to the prior regime when loan moves were attempted. The player seems settled at Stamford Bridge.
Edwards is also reporting that Newcastle want a powerful striker similar to Chris Wood along with another versatile forward. This makes some sense as it gives Howe plenty of options in attack. Howe also sees Isak as a second striker or a wide forward despite his recent displays.
They will also attempt to add a young center-back likely right-footed. No targets are mentioned though the name of Benfica’s Antonio Silva has been touted in some circles. The 19-year-old would be an amazing if not highly unlikely addition.
The planning for what is shaping up to be an exciting summer is underway. If Newcastle can finish this season strong, a top-four finish could make the next transfer window one to remember.