Should Newcastle target Leroy Fer, once called 'perfect' by Steve McClaren, this summer?

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren once helped Leroy Fer succeed at Twente.

Newcastle United have made a slow start to the summer transfer window, having currently signed just one player in Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

New manager Steve McClaren arrives at St. James' Park having seen the Magpies narrowly avoid relegation to the Championship on the final day of last season, and knows that the squad needs more reinforcements in order to move back up the Premier League table.

Virtually every area of the team could see improvements this summer, and McClaren could look to reunite with familiar faces in order to build his Newcastle side, having been targeting moves for his ex-Derby stars Richard Keogh and Thomas Ince, according to The Guardian and Sky Sports.

However, another name that McClaren should consider working with again is midfielder Leroy Fer, who played under McClaren in the Netherlands with Twente.

Fer, 25, has suffered relegation to the Championship in successive seasons, tasting the agony of the drop with both Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers – but with international aspirations, the Dutch midfielder will likely want an instant return to the Premier League.

An athletic midfielder who displayed his quality against Newcastle last season with a stunning long-range strike in QPR's 2-1 win over the Magpies, Fer needs to settle down in English football after becoming something of a nomad in recent years – and St. James' Park could be the place to do it.

Fer starred under McClaren for Twente, so much so that the new Magpies boss even called the midfielder 'perfect for the Premier League' in an interview with Goal back in 2013.

Newcastle may have signed Wijnaldum, but they still need options in midfield, and Fer - who hit double figures in goals during his two seasons as Twente - could have a rebirth under McClaren, if given the opportunity.

The possibility of signing Fer may not capture the imagination of Newcastle fans, but if McClaren believes he can once again get the best out of him, he could be a viable option for the Magpies, with QPR likely to sell him on this summer, just one year after his £8m move to Loftus Road, as reported by the BBC.

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