Now that Newcastle United’s relegation worries have eased, Rafa Benitez will already be thinking ahead to the summer. How can the Spaniard strengthen his squad to compete for Europe next season?
Here are three soon-to-be free agents that Newcastle should consider signing in the summer transfer window.
It might be time for Geordie striker Andy Carroll to return to St James’ Park, where he started his career.
The 30-year-old’s time at West Ham looks likely to end when his contract expires this summer as his injury record speaks for itself.
Perhaps a fresh start back in the North East is what the 9-cap ex-England forward needs and on his day, he can be unplayable.
According to TEAMtalk, Newcastle, Liverpool and Rennes are chasing Middlesbrough starlet Bilal Brahimi.
The French winger is a very exciting young talent but Boro have not managed to tie him down to a new deal, making him available for a compensation fee this summer.
Newcastle should take a punt on the 18-year-old, who could break into the first-team in the near future.
On the topic of Brahimis, FC Porto winger Yacine Brahimi would be a shrewd addition for the Magpies on a free transfer.
The Algeria international has scored 11 goals this season from the wing but his Porto contract expires soon.
Newcastle have recently been linked with the 29-year-old (L’Expression) but face competition from Everton and West Ham.