The need for reinforcements at Newcastle United is one of the Premier League’s worst-kept secrets, and after a disastrous second half of the season, the rebuilding job at St. James’ Park can’t begin soon enough.
A squad devoid of any strength in depth has been stretched to its limits following Yohan Cabaye’s January departure and injuries to the likes of Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy.
And as a consequence, the Toon have run into serious trouble in 2014, losing 12 out of 17 fixtures so far and suffering accusations that the players are already on holiday.
The future of manager Alan Pardew has also been brought into question, with the 52-year-old feeling the wrath of the fans during a recent defeat at Stoke City.
Some major restructuring is in the offing this summer, so as the current campaign nears its conclusion, we look at five signings the Magpies could make to steal a march on their top-flight rivals.