Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has made signing a proven striker his top priority ahead of the new Championship campaign.

The Spaniard has submitted a list of targets to managing director Lee Charnley and is thought to be looking for a player with proven experience.

Among those reported to be of interest are Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford, who excelled for Middlesbrough in 2014-15, Fulham’s Ross McCormack and Lee Tomlin of Bournemouth.

The Magpies have also been linked with young Tenerife striker Nano, who scored 14 goals in 35 appearances in he season just finished.

However at 21, he is not thought to fit Benitez’s profile.

Experienced midfielder Gary O’Neil has snubbed a new Norwich City contract to sign for Bristol City on a two-year deal.

And the relegated Canaries could also lose centre-back Ryan Bennett.

The 26-year-old former Peterborough United man is approaching the final 12 months of his contract.

And Middlesbrough, Hull City and Celtic are said to be keeping close tabs.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers tried to take Bennett to Swansea City when he signed for Norwich in 2012.

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French paper L’Equipe has claimed Ousseynou Cissé, Rayo Vallecano’s Malian midfielder, is in talks with Cardiff City over a potential move.

The 26-year-old has most recently been playing on loan for Waasland-Beveren in Belgium.

The Bluebirds have denied any interest in striker Anthony Stokes, who has been released by Celtic.

The 27-year-old former Sunderland man spent last season on loan at Hibernian, scoring twice in the dramatic 3-2 Scottish Cup final win over Rangers at Hampden.

Stokes has also been linked with Rotherham United, now managed by former Hibs boss Alan Stubbs.

Promoted Barnsley could bring in Southampton midfielder Lloyd Isgrove for another loan spell.

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The 23-year-old Wales international sparkled as the Reds won the League I play-offs and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“If they come in for me and the offer’s right, they’ll have to speak to Southampton, but I don’t see why not,” he said.