Rafa Benitez is now only 26 days away from talking charge of the final game of his current three year contract.

Newcastle fans waiting for movement on the contract situation but no real encouragement as yet, apart from media speculation seemingly lacking any real substance.

Despite that, reports are increasing of players Newcastle United are watching ahead of the summer transfer window.

Regardless of whether or not Rafa Benitez stays, it is obvious that Newcastle need to bring in some better quality players if they are to avoid yet another relegation battle.

That is particularly the case when it comes to adding extra goals and creativity to the first eleven.

Ryan Fraser has already been reported as a summer target for Newcastle, little wonder as the 25 year old has scored seven Premier League goals and got 11 assists for Bournemouth, having started 32 league games (plus two appearances as a sub) this season. Directly involved in 18 PL goals at an average of better than one every two games.

Now two other creative/attacking players have been added to Rafa’s summer wishlist, according to reports on Tuesday morning.

Fraser’s teammate David Brooks is one of them. The 21 year old Welsh international attacking midfielder has scored seven and got five assists for Bournemouth in 27 PL starts (plus one as a sub), an impressive rate again, directly involved in goals at a rate of almost once ever two games.


After impressing in the Championship last season with Sheffield United, Bournemouth took the plunge and invested £11.5m in a player who had made only nine Championship starts (plus 21 as sub) in his career and have been suitably rewarded.

Meanwhile, The Star claim that Newcastle are also monitoring Dwight McNeil ahead of a potential summer move.

The 19 year old has been a big success getting his first taste of senior football, the left winger coming into the Premier League and scoring three goals with five assists in 16 starts (one as a sub), directly involved in a goal exactly every other game he has started.

All clubs are looking for these type of players, especially younger ones with growing potential. Players who can score and create goals, something which Newcastle are desperate for.


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Graham Porter