Alan Pardew was quoted in The Journal on Monday, saying he was confident of signing "one or maybe two big players" before the transfer window closes.
Unfortunately, even if these signings do arrive that would still leave Newcastle with a small squad vulnerable to injuries and suspensions.
Having lost Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan and released the likes of Sol Campbell and Shefki Kuqi, Newcastle's squad isn't currently any bigger than it was last season. In addition, there are injury question marks over new signings Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux and worries over how well Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling will return to fitness after their long layoffs.
In reality, there are five areas in which Newcastle need new recruits if they want to have a squad capable of a Top 10 finish.