Newcastle United look set to complete the imminent signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace in a transfer that sends out a firm message of intent to their Championship rivals.
The Magpies will be in the second tier for the first time since the 2009/10 campaign when they became champions, winning promotion at the very first attempt.
A similar target will be firmly in boss Rafa Benitez’s mind this time around and the signing of Gayle undoubtedly bolsters the club’s chances of winning an immediate return to the Premier League.
The former Peterborough United forward has endured a frustrating time of things during his spell at Crystal Palace and he will relish the challenge of scoring the goals that fire Newcastle back into the top flight.
Gayle is unlikely to be the last player to sign for the Magpies this summer and Football League World writer Lee Clarke takes a look at five players who could join Gayle at St James’ Park next season.