Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has already identified several transfer targets for this summer and believes as many as eight signings are needed, according to The Telegraph.

Benitez is set to meet with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley next week to discuss what comes next for the club following their promotion to the Premier League.  It is understood that Benitez believes the squad needs to be improved if Newcastle are to avoid relegation next season.  Ashley will likely offer a transfer budget of around £70 million.

It is understood that Benitez has already decided on several of his transfer targets for the summer.  Benitez wants to sign Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, along with Everton midfielder James McCarthy and Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.

Cairney has had a great season for Fulham, scoring 12 goals and getting ten assists in 44 Championship games this season.  The Championship side will not want to part with their star player, but Cairney might be tempted by Premier League football should Fulham fail to go up via the play-offs this season.

McCarthy has made only 12 Premier League appearances for Everton this season, often suffering from injuries.  Despite not being fully-fit for much of the season, he has continually been picked for the Republic of Ireland squad, much to the displeasure of Everton manager Ronald Koeman.

Calum Chambers has spent the season on loan at Premier League side Middlesbrough, making 23 appearances in all competitions.  It is unlikely he will break into the Arsenal team next year so could be loaned-out once again or even sold.

Newcastle United host Barnsley this Sunday and need Brighton to slip up at Aston Villa in order to win the Championship title.

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