Former West Ham United and Sunderland midfielder Don Hutchison believes the potential signings of Yohan Cabaye and Charlie Austin for Crystal Palace - and Angelo Ogbonna for the Hammers - could leave Newcastle United and the Black Cats 'for dead' this season.
Indeed, Hutchison, now a pundit, took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to express his concern for the Tyne-Wear rivals - he is also a life-long Newcastle fan.
According to BBC Sport, Crystal Palace have agreed a £10 million deal for former Newcastle midfielder Cabaye. The Eagles have also been cited by the Daily Mirror as being 'in the mix' for Queens Park Rangers striker Austin.
West Ham, meanwhile, have already conducted some promising summer transfer business - notably luring Dimitri Payet to Upton Park - and Hutchison feels Ogbonna would be another quality addition. The Guardian suggest West Ham are 'confident' of signing the defender.
The news, however, leaves the former Sunderland midfielder worried for the Black Cats, as well as for the Magpies.
Newcastle are yet to make a summer signing, although Sunderland have made a little more progress. Both sides should be more active in the coming weeks.