Rafa Benitez says Newcastle United could recruit from Championship rivals ahead of next season.
Benitez is identifying transfer targets after agreeing to stay on at the relegated club.
And United’s manager – who has been given full control over incomings and outgoings – has an open mind as to the division from which new signings will be recruited.
Newcastle, linked with Fulham striker Ross McCormack, will look at players who can bring Championship experience to the squad.
Asked what type of players the club would look at, Benitez said: “Good players.
“That means good players for us.
That means good players for us. That means maybe it will be a Premier League player, maybe it will be a Championship player, because you need experience and character.Rafa Benitez
“That means maybe it will be a Premier League player, maybe it will be a Championship player, because you need experience and character.
“Maybe it’s a young player with quality.
“I will not say that we will just bring this kind of player.
“We can bring anyone if it’s good enough for us.”
Benitez – who has committed himself to the club for the next three years – has also said that he will not have to sell anyone in this summer’s transfer window.
The 56-year-old demanded assurances over recruitment from owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley before signing a revised three-year contract.
Benitez has been told he does not have to sell any player.
And he has also been promised funds to further strengthen and equip the squad for the Championship.