Newcastle United have been quoted transfer fees in the region of £20-£30 million for Premier League targets according to Chronicle Live, with Rafa Benitez admitting he may have to bring in foreign recruits.

The Tyneside outfit have secured promotion from the Championship at the first time of asking and are expected to undergo an intense strengthening process this summer.

However, the latest report stipulates that Newcastle are finding it tough going in the market, with initial inquiries that have been made for even mid-table Premier League players leading to massive valuations.

Benitez has stated that although he would like to sign new men that have already played in English football’s top flight in the past, it will all depend on price.

“Sometimes players from abroad are a little bit cheaper, but they can be better players,” Chronicle Live quote him as saying.

“The main thing will be to make sure, if you bring in players from abroad, that they are mentally strong enough and with the personality to go with the intensity of the Premier League.”

Reports in the press since Newcastle assured promotion have stated that Benitez is not guaranteed to be at St James’ Park next season and wants spending assurances from owed Mike Ashley if he is to stay.

The Toon could still win the Championship but need to beat Barnsley on Sunday and hope that Aston Villa can get a result against current leaders Brigthon and Hove Albion.

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