It will likely be a difficult summer for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle, knowing he’ll be expected to make signings that can do more than simply help the Magpies stave off relegation next season.
The Spaniard is an ambitious manager and the Toon Army are an ambitious bunch of fans, but owner Mike Ashley has never been the most ambitious of spenders.
That’s perhaps why Benitez is reportedly eyeing a bargain reunion with Liverpool enforcer Lucas Leiva, who could be available for around £4million – as claimed by The Northern Echo last week.
The Brazilian is by no means the most exciting of signings – in fact, he’s famed for his simple yet effective style of play – but he’s got an abundance of experience and pedigree at Premier League level.
With that in mind, we recently asked Newcastle fans whether they’d back a summer swoop for the 30-year-old and according to our poll, a whopping 70% would.