According to a report in the Chronicle, Rafael Benitez has made signing a striker Newcastle United’s priority during the summer transfer window.
Newcastle already have the likes of Papiss Cisse, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez at the club, but none of the trio have any experience of playing in the Championship.
The Magpies also have Ivan Toney and Adam Armstrong threatening to break through into their senior squad, but the pair are totally unproven in the second tier.
Armstrong and Toney have impressed in League One, but Benitez is reportedly uncertain over whether they are ready to play regular roles at St. James’ Park yet.
Newcastle, therefore, are on the hunt for new additions with experience backed over youth.
The Magpies are believed to have Fulham striker Ross McCormack and Aston Villa hitman Patrick Bamford on their wishlist, while Dwight Gayle and Lee Tomlin have also been linked.
Newcastle are said to have a sizeable amount of funds to spend this summer, and Benitez has been told that he will not be under pressure to make sales despite their relegation.
Benitez still wants to strengthen Newcastle's team, though, and the Spanish boss reportedly feels that signing a prolific goalscorer will be the most important bit of business he can do in the upcoming transfer window, as Newcastle seek an immediate return to the Premier League.