Three positions Newcastle must strengthen in this summer's transfer window

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The summer transfer window is approaching, and Newcastle need reinforcements.

Newcastle are likely to appoint a new manager in the summer, with John Carver only contracted until the end of the season.

A new manager would certainly have his own ideas about how to push the club forward after a number of mediocre seasons, but when he arrives he will find these three positions which need to be strengthened in the transfer market...

Centre back

It's become clear this season that Fabricio Coloccini isn't the player he was and, at 33, he can't be relied upon as heavily anymore.

Meanwhile, neither Mike Williamson nor Steven Taylor have done enough to suggest that they can be long-term solutions for Newcastle in the heart of defence.

Snapping up at least one centre back, possibly two, has to be a priority for Newcastle - and they need to be young with potential to be a Magpies star for years to come.

Winger

A number of players have played out wide for Newcastle this season; Sammy Ameobi, Yoann Gouffran, Gabriel Obertan and Ayoze Perez spring to mind, but Newcastle could certainly upgrade at least one flank.

Perez is better used up front, and adding some pace out wide is vital for the Magpies this summer - regardless of whether it's on the left or right side.

Marseille's Andre Ayew is out of contract this summer and could be available on a free transfer, with reports in the Chronicle linking the Ghana international with a switch to Tyneside in what would be a superb move.

Striker

Papiss Cisse has contributed this season with 11 goals, but the failure of last summer's arrivals Facundo Ferreyra and Emmanuel Riviere means that Newcastle still need another striker.

With Ayoze Perez working in pockets of space around the edge of the box, it would be a good idea for Newcastle to add a physical, target man figure to play alongside the Spaniard.

Anderlecht's Serbian goal machine Aleksandar Mitrovic is a reported target, per the Chronicle, and he would fit the bill perfectly - if they can lure him to St. James' Park.

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