Newcastle fell to another defeat on Monday away at West Ham.
Having arrived early in the summer, it was always McClaren’s intentions to sign a number of players to ensure that Newcastle did not suffer the same relegation fighting experience as they went through last term.
However, only four first-team players were drafted in - Ivan Toney was bought for the development squad - and the head coach did not get the one player he really wanted.
The report claims that McClaren has been frustrated with the Magpies in the transfer market due to their failure to sign a proven goalscorer, the priority player that the head coach was looking to bring in.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was signed from Anderlecht, and although a promising talent, he is not the kind of player who is guaranteed to net 15-20 goals a season.
Papiss Cisse has been deputising for the youngster, but has looked poor when taking to the field, especially against West Ham. He was easily marshalled by the Hammers defence, and their midfield holders prevented Cisse ever troubling Darren Randolph in the West Ham goal.
The report claims that he did want Charlie Austin of QPR, having seen him net consistently in a struggling side last term, but amid concerns over injuries they were unwilling to match the £15 million asking price.
With few options to call upon, McClaren is frustrated at how his team has been assembled, and results have shown that the head coach was in the right, with the Magpies truly needing a goalscoring striker right now.