Survival has secured but there are almost eight million reasons for Newcastle United to finish the season with a flourish.

The Magpies close the campaign with fixtures against already relegated Sheffield United and a final-day trip to Fulham.

As it stands, Newcastle occupy 16th place and could still better last season's points total with a tally of 45 the target.

Steve Bruce accepts the club's 'aspirations' need to be 'better than that', but reckons two more wins would represent a solid return from a truncated campaign plagued with injuries and a Covid-19 outbreak.

Confirmation of Newcastle's Premier League status has inevitably turned attention to the upcoming transfer window.

Bruce has already warned supporters the complete absence of matchday revenue means the club will not be able to spend 'millions and millions' on recruitment.

Speculation over the future of superstars such as Erling Haaland and Harry Kane may dominate the headlines, but it is otherwise expected to be another quiet window in the top flight.

Results in the final two fixtures could see Newcastle finish anywhere between 13th to 17th, and this could see a significant multi-million pound swing in the club's 'merit payments'.

The breakdown of prize money from the 2018/19 Premier League season outlines how each of the 20 clubs receives an equal share of TV and commercial deals. Newcastle finished 13th in the 2018/19 campaign, and banked £15.3m as a result of this performance in the form of a 'merit payment'.

These are the latest figures publicly disclosed, and the contrast between a 13th and 17th place finish was almost £8m.

Bruce's side would require two victories and results to go in their favour to secure a finish beyond their current position in 16th.

But given the financial limitations imposed by the last 15 months, a positive finish to the season could provide a timely boost to the club's transfer plans.