Report: Steve McClaren using old contacts to learn more about Joel Matip

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Newcastle United are reportedly interested in Schalke defender Joel Matip.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren is interested in signing Joel Matip from Schalke this summer, according to Bild.

According to the German publication, the Premier League outfit would have to pay €14 million (£10m) as transfer fee to secure the services of the 23-year-old defender.

It has also been reported that newly-appointed Newcastle head coach McClaren is getting the advice from his old contacts in Germany in regard to signing Matip.

McClaren was in charge of Wolfsburg during the 2010-11 season, and he is reportedly asking people he knows in the Bundesliga about the Schalke star.

Among the questions that the former Nottingham Forest and Derby County boss is reportedly asking his old contacts is Matip’s best position and his character.

The Cameroon international is a versatile player who can feature both as a centre-back and as a defensive midfielder.

This is quite an interesting approach from McClaren, and it makes sense that the Englishman wants to get the views of his old contacts instead of relying on agents and scouts.

Matip scored two goals and created five chances in 21 Bundesliga appearances in the recently concluded 2014-15 season.

The Cameroonian had a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 29%, and won 63 headers, four dribbles and 24 tackles.

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