Report: McClaren 'approves' of Newcastle's transfer plan, Chester, Richards, Austin and Bamford targeted

Micah Richards

Newcastle are reportedly planning to sign a number of British players this summer.

According to The Telegraph, newly-appointed Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has approved of the club's transfer plans this summer as they being to target British players.

McClaren, 54, became the new Magpies manager on Wednesday, penning an initial three-year contract at St. James' Park having left Derby County last month.

The former England boss now replaced John Carver in the hot seat on Tyneside, and will immediately want to strengthen his squad having seen Newcastle narrowly avoid relegation to the Championship on the final day of the Premier League season.

In his role as head coach, McClaren won't have a huge say over transfers - but The Telegraph believe he has approved of the club's transfer plan this summer, which involves targeting British players.

In recent years, Newcastle have been active in the French market, but now they want to bring in more homegrown players who know the Premier League, with four main targets in mind.

Defensively the Magpies have struggled, and they are allegedly targeting Hull City's Welsh international centre back James Chester after the Tigers' relegation to the Championship, whilst Micah Richards - who played under McClaren for England - is a free agent having seen his Manchester City contract expire, and is a target for the Magpies too.

At the other end of the pitch, QPR hero Charlie Austin is another player who the Magpies are interested in having been relegated to the Championship, with the new England international unlikely to stay in the second tier having hit 18 goals this past season.

The final target is Chelsea's Patrick Bamford, who McClaren signed for Derby County on loan in 2014. The young forward has just returned to Stamford Bridge after a loan spell with Middlesbrough, but could make an instant return to the North East as Newcastle pursue a deal.

All four players could be available this summer, and targeting this quartet would be a real change in approach from Newcastle as they usher in a new era under McClaren.

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