Newcastle United are going about their business as usual.
It was meant to be an extraordinary time for the club, with the possible takeover from the Public Investment Fund, fronted by Amanda Staveley.
That fell through last week, though, and means that they are heading into another summer transfer window under the ownership of Mike Ashley.
It remains to be seen how much money there will be available to manager Steve Bruce, then, as he attempts to restructure his squad and looks to crack the top 10.
Newcastle finished the season in 13th, 10 points clear of the relegation zone but 10 points behind ninth-placed Sheffield United.
Improvements are needed, then, to ensure mediocrity is not the buzzword next term.
And The Daily Telegraph reports that there is interest in signing two players from relegated AFC Bournemouth.
They are said to be monitoring the situation of striker Joshua King as they look to inject goals into their squad, while they are also interested in attacking midfielder David Brooks.
King scored six goals last season, while also providing four assists, and can play as a central striker and as a left winger, while Brooks struggled with injuries and was limited to nine appearances in the league.
However, Bruce is said to have admired the Wales international for some time and would like to sign the right winger.
Nevertheless, Newcastle will spend the majority of their summer budget on recruiting a striker after scoring just 38 goals in 38 games in the league – only Crystal Palace, Watford, and Norwich City recorded lower totals.
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
This makes sense for Newcastle.
Bournemouth have been relegated and shopping on the south coast is a logical step as they look to maximise their transfer budget.
A deal to sign both King and Brooks would strengthen the Magpies in multiple positions and bring goals, flair, and speed to the squad.
The Telegraph reports that there is around £30 million to spend and value has to be found in the market.
Both King and Brooks represent that and if they can both be signed for a low fee, it would be a shrewd deal for Ashley to do.News Now - Sport News