Newcastle may have gone 13 years without breaking the club’s transfer record, but that does not mean the summer and winter markets are not hot topics on Tyneside.

Twice a year, Magpies fans’ days are consumed by the latest news and rumours, hoping that Mike Ashley will belatedly sanction a big-money signing – and hopefully one that makes a greater impact than injury-prone £16million flop Michael Owen.

Here at Geordie Boot Boys, we will bring you the latest updates on Rafa Benitez’s pursuit of a prolific striker or a creative midfielder, including our takes on which moves will or won’t work for Newcastle.