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The Magpies will likely need to invest substantially if they are to seriously improve on last term’s 12th-place finish next season, but former Toon hero Chris Waddle is far from optimistic about the chances of that happening.
Speaking to Betting Expert, he said: “They had a good finish to the season. Steve Bruce had a good run and got well away from any talk of relegation. He’s got a good crop of players there.
"Let’s be honest with Newcastle, mid-table’s a good position for them. They don’t spend money like other teams.
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Ezgjan Alioski's next move will be confirmed in a “short time". The wide man's contract with Leeds United expired on Thursday. (Fotomac) (Photo by Piroshka van de Wouw - Pool/Getty Images)
"They need a goal scorer. Wilson’s been injured a lot - if he played the full season he might get the 20 goals you’re looking for. Joelinton’s never hit the ground running, so there’s not many people who’ll chip in with goals if Wilson’s not playing.
"It’s always a 1-0 or 2-1, and it’s very hard when you’re going out and thinking ‘we’re going to have to score one goal to hold on and win a game’.
"I think Steve makes the most of what he’s got. If he’s let loose with the chequebook to go and buy two strikers, around the £30-40m mark, then you’ve got a chance.
"Realistically, it’ll be much the same for Newcastle this season.
Liverpool are ‘keeping tabs’ on Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma this summer. (Liverpool Echo) (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
"They might get two or three players in for not a lot of money, hoping they can help the team away from relegation.”
We’ve gathered the best of today’ Premier League speculation below…
Burnley striker Joel Mumbongo has joined Accrington Stanley on a season-long loan. (Official club website) (Photo by Molly Darlington - Pool/Getty Images)
Manchester City have had preliminary conversations with Ben White about a summer transfer, amid reports Arsenal have made two bids to sign him from Brighton. (Transfer Window Podcast) (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Burnley defender Ben Gibson has completed a permanent move to Norwich City to end his time at Turf Moor. (Official club website) (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini has accelerated his plans to sign Kevin Strootman to replace Nahitan Nandez as he nears a move to Leeds United. (Calciomercato) (Photo by Wagner Meier/Getty Images)
Newcastle United could make a bid for Portugal international Rafa Silva this week but Benfica won’t let the winger head to the Premier League for a penny less than £22 million. (CM Journal) (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images )
Jack Harrison is closing in on Leeds United switch. The Manchester City winger has spent the last three seasons on loan at Elland Road but is now ready to make a permanent move. He is expected to cost around £15 million. (Manchester Evening News) (Photo by Lynne Cameron - Pool/Getty Images)
Newcastle United are the bookmakers favourite to land the signature of Brentford striker Ivan Toney. Brighton and West Ham are also being linked. (SkyBet) (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)