The appearance of Steve McClaren’s loafers under the St James’ Park manager’s desk has sent the Newcastle transfer gossip machine into overdrive.
Charlie Austin is now as short as 1/5 to pledge his future to the club, with the Daily Star suggesting he is due to sign him for the Magpies next week.
The same paper also believe West Brom’s Saido Berahino to be on their radar, with McClaren reportedly making revamping his forward line priority number one.
Elsewhere, former Toon favourite Andy Carroll and Wolfsburg target man Bas Dost have also been linked with Tyneside switches, with the new manager admitting he is seeking a number nine-style centre-forward.
Yet there can be little doubt that the new manager’s obsession with improving his striking ranks, is a rather one dimensional take on the squad he has inherited.
If Newcastle’s failings could be attributed to positions within the side last term then central midfield, attacking midfield, central defence and left-back could all be said to have been more at fault than Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez.
Only three strikers had a better Premier League goals-per-90 minute ratio than the Senegalese last term – Theo Walcott, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa.
Meanwhile, Perez showed plenty to suggest himself a burgeoning talent, despite arguably being overly relied upon over the course of the campaign for one so young.
Perhaps another hitman to relieve the burden on the Spaniard, rather than a raft of new strikers, would suffice?
McClaren would be better off spreading his recruitment focus across the team more evenly.
Recruiting a left-back of a similar ilk to the excellent Daryl Janmaat is a must ahead of 2015/16.
His predecessors had relied upon a mixture of Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Paul Dummett, Ryan Taylor and even Mike Williamson on occasions last term.
Meanwhile, injecting some creativity, largely absent since the departure of much mourned Yohan Cabaye, into a holding-midfielder-heavy engine room is a must.
With more effective and ingenious supply lines between defence and attack, players such as the inconsistent Moussa Sissoko and the underwhelming Remy Cabella may been seen in a better light too.