Thursday saw clubs across the country submit their list of players released and retained ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.
For Newcastle, this meant a number of first team departures from St James’ Park, including Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi and Florian Thauvin, while several young Magpies were also let go.
However it also saw the club confirm that they are holding contract discussions with midfielder Yoan Gouffran over potentially extending his stay at the club.
Newcastle need to bring in a whole host of new recruits this summer, and they could do their transfer budget a whole world of good by snapping up some of those released, so This is Futbol takes a look at four players Rafael Benitez should snap up.
Here are the quartet available to the Magpies free of charge, including a Tyneside legend: