Toon targeting six summer signings as Howe holds transfer talks – The Athletic

The Athletic have released a piece on Newcastle’s summer transfer plans now Jamaal Lascelles and Sven Botman look set to miss the next six-to-nine months due to ACL injuries.

Chris Waugh reports that Eddie Howe held recruitment talks over the international break and narrowed down some of the key positions we must strengthen this summer. A striker, right winger, midfielder, centre-back and goalkeeper have been identified as key targets.

The need for a centre-back ‘featured heavily’ before Lascelles’ long-term knee injury that could keep him out until 2025, so it’s thought the club could now target two central defenders now injuries have forced us into a re-think.

Profitability and sustainability rules (PSR) must be managed and could limit our budget, so we may have to sell well and sign smartly if we’re to bring in quality players in all five positions the club plan to strengthen.

A ‘succession plan’ at right centre-back was already a key part of our summer plans, with a long-term replacement for Fabian Schar already being sough, but there’s fears selling clubs could raise their asking prices now we are in desperate need for defensive reinforcements.

Value for money will be vital while we try to sign five or six within FFP restrictions, making soon-to-be free agents Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth) and Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham) all the more appealing.

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