Keane one of four signings: Newcastle fans name starting eleven for 2017/18 season
By Matt Farr
Newcastle fans have named their dream starting eleven for the 2017-18 campaign and there are four new signings in the line-up.
The Chronicle asked Newcastle fans to name their preferred starting eleven for next season, after compiling a list of all current players as well as rumoured transfer targets.
The news outlet then posted the most popular selections in their live blog on Monday afternoon (12:02pm), and it sees three current Premier League stars named in the line up.
With this starting XI, Newcastle fans are hoping Benitez signs Michael Keane (Burnley), Andre Gray (Burnley), Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) and Tom Cairney (Fulham) this summer.
Townsend, Cairney and Gray appear the most likely of Newcastle’s reported targets to make the move to St. James’ Park this summer, but they would face great difficult in trying to convince new England star Keane.
The 24-year-old defender has been in impressive form for Burnley this season, but is likely to earn himself a move to a top-end Premier League club at the end of the season.
Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea are among the clubs reportedly interested in signing him, with the Burnley man rated as high as £28million.
Townsend and Cairney, meanwhile, are two long-term targets for Rafa Benitez, and the Newcastle chief failed in his attempts to land the duo in the January window.
Newcastle fans have also named as many as seven current first team players in their preferred starting eleven for next season, including goalkeeper Karl Darlow and top goalscorer Dwight Gayle.
However, there is no room for the impressive Jamaal Lascelles, who misses out in favour of Keane.
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