Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has warned of the threat of potential relegation if he is not backed in the January transfer window.
The Mirror have reported that the Spanish coach is still angry over the lack of activity last summer, and expects the club to spend more freely in January.
It could be that Mike Ashley is still owner of Newcastle for the next transfer window, despite his attempts to sell for a £380m asking price.
There are several interested parties, but none are expected to completed a deal by January, a month which is clearly crucial to Benitez's plans.
The former Liverpool boss has reportedly drawn up a list of targets and warned that a failure to bring in quality could result in a relegation battle.
Benitez was left infuriated in the summer when he was forced to bring in Joselu for £5m having been unable to secure the signing of Tammy Abraham.
He is determined to avoid a repeat, although it remains to be seen if Ashley will be willing to offer him an increase in funds.
Newcastle currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship last season, but have suffered three successive defeats.
The most recent of them was a 4-1 humbling at Old Trafford on Saturday, which left the Magpies five points above the relegation zone.
Ashley is undoubtedly aware of how costly another relegation would be, so may be forced to reluctantly meet Benitez's demands in January.