Steve McClaren wants Newcastle to sign more English players.
Newcastle United's season goes from bad to worse after a 1-0 home defeat to Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.
New manager Steve McClaren has still yet to win a Premier League game, having drawn twice and lost four times - leaving Newcastle with just two points.
The Magpies are already in a perilous position after just six weeks of the season, and manager McClaren even discussed the club's January transfer plans earlier this week.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, McClaren admitted that he wants to bring in more English players after all four of his main signings over the summer were foreign.
With that in mind, here are five English players that Newcastle could look to target in January - if McClaren is still in the job at St. James' Park...
It's clear that Fabricio Coloccini is past his best, and whilst Chancel Mbemba has shown some promise, a younger defender may still be needed - even after the arrival of Jamaal Lascelles. Over the summer, The Mirror reported that Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk was a big target for McClaren, but no deal materialised. The 23-year-old, who stands at 6ft 4in tall, would provide some height and power to the Newcastle defence alongside the more athletically gifted Mbemba, forming a potentially solid partnership.
Neither Paul Dummett or Massadio Haidara have managed to impress in recent years, leaving McClaren to look for another left back in January. The best up and coming left back in the Championship right now is Leeds United's Charlie Taylor, who has thrived at Elland Road since replacing Stephen Warnock in January. An attack minded full back who has had experience playing on the left hand side of midfield, Taylor was recently linked with a move to Manchester United by the Daily Star - but with a promise of more first team football on Tyneside, Newcastle could still have a chance to sign him.
Another Leeds youngster who is currently thriving at Elland Road is midfielder Cook. The 18-year-old has taken the Leeds midfield by storm, and has proven himself to be a well-rounded midfielder during his time in the Whites' first team. The Chronicle reported earlier this month that Newcastle had wanted to sign Cook over the summer, but felt that the asking price for the teenager was too high. However, there are few young English midfielders quite as impressive as Cook right now, and that asking price will only go up in the coming years, if he continues to impress - and whilst a deal may be difficult after Cook signed a new contract back in May, Cook is certainly worth the time and effort for Newcastle to pursue.
Newcastle have a young, promising winger in Rolando Aarons, but the likes of Yoann Gouffran and Gabriel Obertan have disappointed for too long now, and another pacey winger should be targeted. Birmingham City's Gray will reportedly be available for just £3.5m in January according to The Mirror, and having hit six goals in the Championship last season, the 19-year-old wide man has already shown his potential. With pace, dribbling ability and an eye for goal, Gray could be a real star of the future - and for just £3.5m, he could be a real bargain for the Magpies.
How this one didn't happen in the summer is still a mystery. QPR striker Austin hit 18 goals last season, but when the R's got relegated to the Championship, many expected the 26-year-old to make an instant return to the Championship. However, no team made a concrete bid for Austin, and he now enters the final months of his contract at Loftus Road with QPR risking losing him for free. Newcastle boss McClaren told The Guardian earlier this month that he would look to sign Austin in January, and with concerns over the discipline of summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, signing a proven goalscorer like Austin would be a superb move for Newcastle.