The travel restrictions necessitated by the virus have led Newcastle’s recruitment team working remotely as they look at ways to improve Steve Bruce’s squad for the next campaign.
Nonetheless, those in charge at St James’ Park are satisfied with the progress made towards key signings, according to The Chronicle.
There are also expected to be several departures from Tyneside this summer, with Javier Manquillo’s contract set to expire in July, and the Echo add
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Carroll has not scored in any of his 12 appearances for the Magpies since signing from West Ham United on a one-year contract, while Gayle, who is also without a single goal this season, only has a year left on his current deal.
The potential free agent that Newcastle will most want to hold onto this summer will undoubtedly be midfielder Matty Longstaff, who has been linked with clubs as varied as Inter, Arsenal West Ham and Everton.
Despite the widespread interest in the 20-year-old, Newcastle will be attempting to revitalise contract talks with the youngster after they hit a hitch a few weeks ago.
Reported interest in Sean Longstaff, the elder of the two brothers, is unlikely to come to fruition over the summer, with the player contracted until 2022.