The Premier League free agents currently available to Newcastle United this summer. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Steve Bruce can begin to look ahead to the summer as he looks to bolster his squad to try and avoid another relegation battle next season.
Over the previous two summer transfer windows, Mike Ashley, by his standards, has spent reasonably big but due to the impact of Covid-19, and hopes of a takeover still lingering, Bruce could have limited funds to work with.
If that is the case, the Magpies head coach will be required to box clever and potentially explore the free agent market, just like he did last summer with the arrivals of Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser.
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A young left-back with plenty of promise. The 20-year-old is seeking regular first-team football after appearing just twice for the Liverpool first-team, with Leeds United frequently linked.
We take a look at some of the top-flight players set to be out of contract at the end of the season – would you like to see any of these at St James’s Park?
The midfielder has stalled over a new contract at Bramall Lane since last year. Crystal Palace and Burnley have been regularly linked with the 27-year-old as he looks to remain in the Premier League.
McCarthy has been linked with Newcastle in the past but speculation has never come to fruition. The midfielder has certainly got plenty of good qualities in his locker but has arguably struggled to find them after his leg break in 2018.
Rose, 30, hasn’t featured in a senior match since playing for Newcastle United on loan from Tottenham in July 2020. With Jose Mourinho sacked, perhaps the left-back will be handed a fresh opportunity in North London.
Following an injury-plagued spell with Liverpool, Clyne returned to Palace last summer in order to get his career back on track. He has managed that to some degree with 13 appearances to his name this term.
Brady was signed and played under Bruce at Hull City before joining Norwich City and then on to current club Burnley. The left-footed winger has struggled for form this campaign, which may suggest his time at Turf Moor is up.
From defence to attack, Schlupp can offer cover in a number of positions, a rare trait that managers may find hard to ignore. Let’s not forget, he was also a Premier League winner with Leicester City.
The former England international has shown glimpses of his previous self at Brighton and Hove Albion this season, which will likely be enough to earn him a new deal on the south coast if he continues to stay fit.
Benteke is having one of his better seasons at Crystal Palace with 8 goals in 28 appearances - and reports suggest Galatasaray are ready to swoop in for the former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker.
The 24-year-old defender only made his Premier League debut in November but his performances in a poor Sheffield United team haven’t gone unnoticed with Fulham, Watford and Swansea reportedly keeping tabs on his situation.
A player who will likely demand big wages. He turns 35 in September, so you couldn’t fault him for eyeing one final big contract. The question is, will that come in the Premier League or elsewhere? We suspect the former.
A left-winger by trade but fielded as a left-back under Marcelo Bielsa. There are strong rumours suggesting Alioski is set to join Galatasaray as he prepares to leave Elland Road after four years.
The Egyptian is so good that Steve Bruce has signed him for Sunderland, Hull City and Aston Villa. If anything, it’s a surprise he hasn’t been snapped up by Newcastle yet but perhaps now is their chance…
The former Liverpool defender, who was signed by Palace for £24million in 2017, hasn’t featured since October, a run that is set to cap off a miserable end to his Selhurst Park career.
A former Newcastle United loanee having joined on a month’s loan during the club’s 2009/10 Championship title-winning season. The ex-Sunderland left-back isn’t expected to be short of offers this summer.
King is currently on loan at Everton from Bournemouth but all of his 11 appearances have come from the substitutes bench. Newcastle have been linked with the Norwegian in the past and have enjoyed doing business with the Cherries in recent years.
A Champions League winner with Chelsea, Bertrand is reportedly attracting interest from Leicester City. Talks over a new contract have taken place but the 31-year-old’s future remains uncertain.
We’re sure Newcastle fans would love a bit of Juan Mata flair at St James’ Park for a season or two but the chances of that are extremely slim. Man Utd also hold a one-year option but activating that seems unlikely at the moment.
The West Brom central defender is reportedly someone of interest to United, as claimed by the Telegraph last month. If the Baggies lose their Premier League status, they could also lose the 29-year-old for nothing.
Unfinished business? Townsend could well feel that way given he quit Newcastle after just six months when the club were relegated to the Championship in 2016. He has, however, always spoken very highly of the supporters.