The Serbian striker is set to miss the first four games of the season after a horror tackle on Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker in the win over Spurs on the final day of the last campaign.
Luckily the FA decided not to ban him further following the game, but his suspension is still a blow for the Magpies ahead of next season.
And as a result of it Benitez, who signed a new extended deal last week, will allegedly make securing a striker his highest priority in the summer transfer window.
Although according to the Chronicle, adding a new centre forward would have taken precedence regardless of the Serbian’s ban.
According to them, the Spaniard was concerned by the lack of firepower in the squad when he took over and wants to add a proven goalscorer to the side.
His front line managed just 19 goals between them in all competitions this past season, something which greatly contributed to their relegation from the Premier League.