Newcastle are in the market to sign another central defender.
The Mbemba deals ensures that one centre-back is brought in, but due to the lack of quality cover in that position, bringing in another central defender is high on their list of priorities.
Steven Taylor has Premier League ability, but there are no guarantees he has overcome ongoing injury problems, whilst neither Mike Williamson nor Fabricio Coloccini are good enough to turn out every week in the top flight.
Mbemba is sure to take a starting role, but McClaren wants to make sure he brings in another centre-back to link up with the Congolese defender as his main partnership.
There are no indications as to which defenders have been targeted, and the report states that the club are looking at ‘off-the-radar’ players to ensure they don’t pay above the premium, as other clubs also move for their targets.
It is indicated that the Magpies want to have completed six signings this summer - with the Mbemba deal set to take it to three players brought in - and they want the next transfer finalised before the Premier League campaign starts. Other deals are expected to run through until the close of the window at the beginning of September.