If Mike Ashley persuades Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle United, he has promised him a £100m war chest to strengthen.
Considering he delivered a 10th placed finish on a shoe-string budget last season, he could make a real impact if he was given £100m to spend by Mike Ashley. The Spaniard has often been left frustrated in the transfer market, if he signs a new contract keeping him at the club, it seems that may no longer be the issue it once was.
Certainly, Rafa Benitez would want to bring a striker into the club. They looked lightweight up-top last season, Joselu just did not seem great quality, and did not bring much to the side aside from his hold up play. Dwight Gayle is prolific at Championship level, but has struggled to make the step up and become lethal in the Premier League. Ayoze Perez is lightweight and drifts in and out of games.
Indeed, all over the pitch Newcastle look like they could do with strengthening. Their key man is Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the park, he has the ability to pick a pass and bring others into play. More players of the technical ability of Shelvey would be a huge bonus for the Magpies.
With that in mind, here are three coups which would transform Newcastle United…