In Focus: Newcastle target five new signings after Tottenham defeat

According to reports in The Telegraph, Newcastle United are ready to embark on a signings spree before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of the month following their 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Telegraph says that Magpies manager Rafa Benitez still wants to bring five new players to the club before August comes to a close, and he looks to be on the verge of completing a £5m deal for Stoke City forward Joselu.

The Telegraph also says that Benitez is hoping to persuade Chelsea left-back Kenedy to move to St James’ Park on a season-long loan deal having personally spoken to the player, while he also wants Legia Warsaw defender Michal Pazdan.

The report adds that the Spanish boss is keen to add a goalkeeper and a striker to a squad which is looking under strength after Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune picked up injuries against Spurs and Jonjo Shelvey was given a straight red card for stamping on Dele Alli.

Would Joselu, Kenedy and Pazdan be good signings?

They would be good options, but it remains to be seen whether they would be enough to prevent the club from being involved in a relegation battle.

While Joselu is known the be technically gifted, it remains to be seen whether he can regularly find the net considering he scored just four times in 27 appearances for the Potters before spending last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna.

Meanwhile, Kenedy has looked promising for Chelsea when he has featured and could prove to be great competition for Dummett at left-back and even further forward.

Lastly, Pazdan is a Poland international and despite usually playing centre-back and being less than 6’0″ tall, The Telegraph says the 29-year-old could be available for just £3m and he would provide some extra central defensive cover for Lejeune, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Chancel Mbemba.

Would the additions appease Benitez?

It’s difficult to say.

The Spaniard has visibly been frustrated with the club’s summer transfer business and perhaps would have liked some more high-profile names with more Premier League experience to come to St James’ Park.

However, he will have to work with what he has and the Magpies were certainly competing with Tottenham on Sunday until Shelvey was stupidly sent off.