Following on from what was a disappointing campaign in the English top flight, Newcastle United head into the summer market looking to beef up what became a very tired-looking squad this term.
By far the most injury-plagued side of the season, bad luck undoubtedly struck the Magpies, but a lack of depth can also be blamed as well as a poor bill of health.
In recent seasons, Alan Pardew’s side have actually been one of the more exciting clubs to watch in the transfer window, proving to be very busy both in the summer and winter openings.
Bearing that in mind, Newcastle are once again involved in a hefty amount of transfer speculation this summer, involving the usual dosage of French rumours at Chateau Nouveaux.
Although Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s January arrival from Montpellier eased the burden placed on Newcastle’s centre-backs, Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini experienced their share of time on the sidelines with injury.
This has led to reports that the club could look into signing Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, who the Express allege has become disillusioned with his chances of international football if he remains in his current surroundings.
Although 30 years old, Lescott has been a healthy option for the Citizens in recent seasons, showing his ability to play at the top level but struggling to break the dominion held in defence by some of City’s other superstar signings.
To prevent the likes of James Perch and Mike Williamson—neither of whom may be up to the desired standard—having to fill in at centre-back, another talented purchase may be required in that area of the pitch, with a cut-price deal for Lescott a possibility.
Despite reports emerging that West Ham have agreed a £15 million fee for the player, Andy Carroll remains a Liverpool striker strictly on loan at Upton Park, keeping any hopes Newcastle might have of signing the forward alive.
The Guardian has alleged that Carroll is keen to return to the club that gave him his first Premier League experience and where he’s undoubtedly played his best football.
Were the Magpies to re-sign their former starlet, they’d be taking a risk on whether they’d be receiving the Carroll they sold in 2011 or the Carroll that’s emerged in the last two years, who is altogether less explosive than the alternative.
A massive reduction on the £35 million they sold him for back then, Carroll’s reacquisition could be a savvy bit of business for the club. What's more, the Magpies could be in need of another attacking option with the departure of Demba Ba, despite Yoan Gouffran’s arrival.
Following some impressive displays in this season’s Champions League, particularly against Manchester United, Sporting Braga’s Eder has drawn the attention of Newcastle in recent months.
Most recently, the Daily Mail reported that the Portuguese outfit had placed a £16 million tag on the forward, but Mike Ashley would hope to tie up a deal for as little as half that sum with add-ons attached to any sale.
An explosive striker by trade, this season saw Eder score a prolific 13 goals in just 17 Liga Primeira starts, making it of little wonder why the Magpies may look to the 25-year-old as a replacement for Demba Ba.
Six months after losing out on his signature to relegated QPR, Newcastle United are once again being teed up as potential suitors for the Frenchman, according to the Daily Mail.
The biggest obstacle in this ordeal could be Remy’s legal situation, something that’s currently quite uncertain after the striker was arrested earlier in May on suspicion of rape, as reported by the BBC.
The 26-year-old has since been released on bail but his reputation nonetheless remains tarnished by the ordeal, with the uncertainty still surrounding his innocence.
Aside from off-pitch matters, the former Marseille forward remains an incredibly gifted attacker, something already proved in his short stay at Loftus Road so far.
Undoubtedly the most in-form attacker being linked with Newcastle United at this moment in time, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been almost solely responsible for Saint-Etienne’s push for European football this Ligue 1 season.
Following the string of talent to arrive at Chateau Nouveaux from the French top flight in recent seasons, it’s of little surprise that Aubameyang is linked with a move to the North East of England.
With 19 goals and 14 assists in his 37 league appearances for Saint-Etienne this season, Aubameyang has been one of the most prolific scorers and creators of chances in France and would be capable of fulfilling various roles in Newcastle’s lineup.