With their season petering out, fans of Newcastle United are already turning their attention to the summer transfer window.

Considering the club’s inactivity in the previous two windows and with Mike Ashley’s objective of a mid-table finish all but secure, many are understandably cynical regarding any potential arrivals on Tyneside.

With the departure of “Director of Football” Joe Kinnear, Lee Charnley has been handed the responsibility of overseeing transfers and has already spoken of signing just “one or two players.” But with Newcastle’s season severely faltering and many expected to depart St. James’ Park, the need for fairly substantial investment is clear.

Based on the rumour mill and Graham Carr’s French-flavoured scouting network, here’s FIVE players that Newcastle should attempt to sign in the summer.

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