By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Rafael Benitez wants to recruit up to six new signings for Newcastle this summer, according to a report.
The Magpies manager is preparing for an overhaul of the playing squad as they prepare to play in the Championship next season.
The Chronicle claim Benitez is hoping to bring in six new faces, while six current players face uncertain futures and could leave St James’ Park.
Benitez has been given full control over recruitment and scouting after signing an updated contract earlier in the week.
The likes of Fulham striker Ross McCormack, Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook and Derby playmaker Will Hughes have all been linked with summer transfers to St James’ Park.
Benitez has claimed no player will leave Newcastle without his approval this summer, but the Chronicle report that six senior players could be heading for the exit door.
The futures of goalkeeper Tm Krul, centre-backs Steven Taylor and Fabrizio Coloccini, attacking midfielders Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum and striker Siem de Jong are all said to be shrouded in considerable doubt.
In other Newcastle news, the club are ready to raid rivals with bids for a number of English stars.