The Northern Echo has reported that Newcastle United have not been dissuaded by statements from Derby County that Steve McClaren won’t be leaving the Championship club.
The former England manager has reportedly been identified as the man to come in and take control at St James Park, regardless of where the Rams finish this season, whether they remain in the Championship or go up to the Premier League.
The paper claims that Newcastle would have no issues with paying a £2 million fee to make McClaren their next permanent boss, which is the compensation package that Derby would reportedly be looking for.
McClaren has the experience and the know-how to make a difference for Newcastle, but the underlying problem could be his desire to complete the job at his current club.
Derby suffered heartbreak in the Championship play-offs last season and if they fail to finish the job by the end of this campaign, McClaren may want to stick things out until his current employers become a Premier League club.
That will push Newcastle back to the drawing board in their search for a long term boss.