Rafael Benitez did a stellar job with Newcastle United last season as he pushed the Magpies to Premier League safety but work needs to be done this summer.
The Tyneside giants have moved quickly to sign Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague following his impressive period on-loan and have brought Kenedy back from Chelsea for another spell, as well as signing South Korea ace Ki Sung-Yeung on a free transfer from Swansea City.
Benitez continues to eye further business in the market though and it could be a busy week, as reports suggest these five deals could be concluded.
Isaac Hayden to Brighton
Sky Sports reported that Isaac Hayden has handed in a transfer request at Newcastle as he intends to move back down south for family reasons, although the Magpies are standing firm on their desire not to sell for the time being.
Player power is significant in the modern transfer market though and an exit for Hayden looks likely, with The Argus stating Brighton are eyeing a move after holding long-term interest in the former England U21 international.
That report suggests a fee of around £10m could be enough to tempt Newcastle into a sale, although the Magpies may look to land a replacement first having already lost Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad.
Matt Phillips: West Brom
Newcastle lacked consistency in the final third last season and will look to solve that problem this summer, with the Daily Mail stating West Brom’s Matt Phillips is one player being targeted by Rafael Benitez’s side.
Newly-promoted Cardiff City, alongside promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough, are also linked with the services of the 27-year-old Scottish international, which the report says will cost any interested party around £11m.
However, the Chronicle states Newcastle have not made a move to land Phillips from relegated West Bro and are instead pursuing alternative targets in the market – although that does not mean a transfer will not materialise.
Matt Ritchie to Stoke
Newcastle’s continued pursuit of attacking players means that a shake-up to the current squad is likely and it means that departures are likely to go ahead, with The Northern Echo stating Stoke want to conclude a deal for Matt Ritchie this week.
The report adds that Newcastle are ready to sell if their valuation of £15m for the Scotland international is met by the recently-relegated side and Stoke have money to spend following the sale of Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool.
Stoke have already seen a bid of around £12m rejected by Newcastle, the report adds, but a second offer is on the horizon.
Andros Townsend: Crystal Palace
Newcastle’s aim to bring Andros Townsend back to Tyneside goes hand-in-hand with Matt Ritchie’s proposed move to Stoke, as the Chronicle state the Magpies will not sign Townsend unless the Scotland international is sold.
Townsend left Newcastle for Crystal Palace two-years ago in a deal worth a reported £13m, just six months after arriving at St. James’ Park, and it is suggested that a fee of around £17m will be enough to tempt the Eagles into a sale.
“Your name can be linked with other clubs every transfer window it seems, but you have just got to get on with it and focus on what you are doing for the club you are contracted to until that changes.”
Ivan Toney to Sunderland
The writing appears to be on the wall for Ivan Toney at Newcastle, as the Chronicle reports the 22-year-old has been exiled from the first-team and told to find a new club as the Magpies look to clear out the fringe players from their squad.
Toney spent part of last season on-loan with Scunthorpe United, scoring eight goals in 16 league appearances, and a return to the third-tier is on the cards as Sunderland look to sign the young striker, the Chronicle has said.
A potential transfer to Wearside would likely be on-loan but Sunderland would be signing a player with impressive experience of League One, having helped to guide three clubs to the playoffs – twice with Scunthorpe and once with Barnsley.