Even a month ago, it looked unlikely that Newcastle United would even be mentioned among this year's relegation candidates. But after a stretch where John Carver's side picked up one point in their last 10 matches, they hover just two points above Hull City with one match left to play. Even if the Magpies draw West Ham this weekend, the Tigers would jump them with a win over Manchester United. Now that it's established that Newcastle are still in the thick of this, let's look at some possible transfer targets if they drop to the Championship.
Tim Krul: With the shaky form of Brad Guzan, and Shay Given starting to look his age, a new keeper could be on the shopping list this summer for Tim Sherwood. At 27, the Dutchman Krul still has a lot of his career ahead of him, even though he's already proven his worth. He could be considered a penalty specialist after last summer's World Cup match against Costa Rica, where he was subbed on one minute prior to a shootout.
Daryl Janmaat: Another Dutchman, Janmaat was bought last summer from Feyenoord for £5 million. The right back has been a great creator of chances, and has six assists to go with a goal this campaign. He's under contract until summer 2020, but high wages could force Newcastle to offload him.
Paul Dummett: Comfortable both on the left side and centrally in defence, Dummett is a solid defender that came up through the Newcastle youth system. The 23-year-old Welshman finally started to get a chance last year after a number of loan spells, and has proven to be a reliable option. Probably not the best left back available, but could be a cheap option.
Moussa Sissoko: One Cissokho out, another Sissoko in? Unfortunately Aston Villa may not be able to afford Moussa, but what an addition to the midfield he would be. Alongside Fabian Delph, Villa's midfield would feature two true box-to-box players that cover a lot of ground while providing in both attack and defence. The 25-year-old has scored 10 and assisted 11 goals in 93 appearances for the Toon.
Rémy Cabella: He's scored one goal and assisted two in his first season at Tyneside, but Cabella's debut season after moving from Montpellier will probably be judged a disappointing one. It hasn't been easy to adjust to the Premier League for the Frenchman, but as we've seen with some players in the past, a change of scenery could be all he needs.
Ayoze Pérez: Brought in from CD Tenerife last summer, there weren't a ton of expectations surrounding Pérez. But after netting seven times in his inaugural season in England, he's one of the best prospects that clubs will look to poach should Newcastle suffer relegation. He'll turn 22 this summer, and the striker would be a welcome addition to almost any club in the league.
There are quite a few players on Newcastle that would play at most Premier League teams. Are there any I left off the list that you'd like to see at Villa next season? Let us know in the comments!