The top five out-of-contract stars Newcastle United can sign this summer in FFP boost

NewcastleWorld has profiled five players Eddie Howe could sign - for nothing - once the summer transfer window opens

Newcastle United supporters are undoubtedly sick of hearing about FFP/PSR. Before each transfer window, Eddie Howe would deflect questions about transfer speculation, using financial restrictions as a reason to dampen expectations.

Like the boy who cried wolf, Toon fans had begun dismissing those comments until their chickens came home to roost. In January, Newcastle desperately needed reinforcements as a gruelling first half of the campaign had taken its toll.

Injuries were rife and a congested fixture list due to Champions League football left Howe down to the barebones. But the Magpies - like most Premier League clubs - were unable to counteract that in the transfer market.

FFP/PSR will govern Newcastle’s transfer activity in the summer window too, meaning they could end up shopping around the bargain basement. Lo and behold, there are several quality players available for nothing at the end of the season.

Toon chiefs could save themselves a fortune by sprinkling one or two freebies around the marquee arrivals. NewcastleWorld has profiled the best five players the Magpies can sign for nothing come June.

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