Newcastle are set to make their first signing of the summer, with Joelinton on the verge of being announced, but he is set to be the start of a flurry of transfer activity on Tyneside in the next 17 days.
With Newcastle known for wanting to buy young, talented players, who can increase their value while on Tyneside, there are a few high quality prospects in that bracket who we could realistically target this summer.
It is a risky strategy trying to move a club forward with a nucleus of youth over experience, but it is not unique, as Manchester United can testify, after their remarkable era under Alex Ferguson.
While no one expects Newcastle to build a title-winning side, there is no doubt – with the right calibre of youngsters – they could make significant steps forward.
Sadly, the world class manager we had who could bring the best out of those youngsters, is no longer with us, and whether Steve Bruce is able to do similar is questionable.
But we look at three real top prospects the Toon could try to lure to St James’ Park this summer, and should they land any of them, there could yet be exciting times ahead.
Dwight McNeil (Burnley)
The left-winger made a tremendous impact at Turf Moor last season, scoring three goals and creating five assists from just 22 appearances for the Lancashire club.
After coming on as a substitute on Boxing Day, he subsequently started all but one league games for the rest of the season, such was his effect.
Newcastle have been credited with an interest over the last few days, but only want to pay half of the mooted £30 million asking price.
Whether they will try to reach a compromise, remains to be seen, but he would be a fantastic acquisition if they can pull a deal off.
Harry Wilson (Liverpool)
The right winger had a superb season on loan at Derby in the Championship last season, and was so impressive that many Liverpool fans want to see the 22-year-old given a chance in the senior side this season.
But with the quality Liverpool currently have in their squad, it is hard to see the Welshman forcing his way into the team.
It may be worth Newcastle approaching the Anfield club over a potential loan deal for the player, and try to negotiate an option to buy into the deal.
It could suit both player and Newcastle, with the player getting a Premier League move, and we get a great young talent, without a fee having to come out of our current budget.
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)
Leeds’ failure to secure promotion has put a question mark against some of their more talented players, which has already seen Jack Clarke sign for Tottenham, before being loaned back to the Yorkshire club.
Phillips is another player that may move to the Premier League, with Aston Villa heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old.
If Newcastle could make a move for the midfielder – an area that needs strengthening this summer – and sneak in ahead of the Midlands side, it would be a smart move by Bruce.
The prospect of Phillips partnering Sean Longstaff would be a mouthwatering glimpse of what could be a pairing for years to come.