Newcastle United suffered their third successive Premier League defeat at the weekend having already preserved their top flight status for another year, and manager Rafa Benitez will already be considering how he can best strengthen his squad this summer.
The Magpies’ disappointing run of form since they surpassed the magic 40-point mark certainly suggests there is plenty of work to be done – Paul Dummett was one of those that came in for particular criticism on Twitter after the Watford loss – in terms of personnel if they are to push on next term, but the Spaniard may also have to work with a modest budget.
Meanwhile, Football.London reported last week that Chelsea are willing to sell 25-year-old midfielder Marco van Ginkel for just £10m this summer despite a hugely impressive campaign on loan at PSV Eindhoven.
The Netherlands international has scored 16 goals and provided a further five assists in 33 appearances in all competitions for the Eredivisie champions, despite starting the majority of those outings in a central midfield spot.
We asked Newcastle fans to vote on our poll to see whether they think their club should sign the Dutchman this summer, and 63% would back what could prove to be a bargain move for van Ginkel, who could potentially be a long-term replacement for Mo Diame in the middle of the park.
If the rumour is true of the player being available for £10m, the Magpies will be likely to have plenty of competition from their Premier League rivals for his signature, however.