Report: Newcastle United to make signing a centre-back their top priority in January

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Newcastle United are set to be active in the January transfer window.

According to a report in the Northern Echo, Newcastle United have made signing a centre-back their top priority in the January transfer window.

Newcastle's poor start to the season has made them aware of the need to add further quality to their current group, and Steve McClaren is said to want defensive reinforcements more than anything else.

The Magpies have been impressed with Chancel Mbemba since he joined in the summer, but McClaren reportedly has his reservations over every other option in the squad.

Fabricio Coloccini has been erratic in his performance this season, while Jamaal Lascelles is inexperienced and Mike Williamson has looked short of the quality required to play at the top level.

As a result, they have started to formulate plans to bring in a centre-back, with a list of potential targets said to be in the process of being drawn up. 

Newcastle are also keen on signing a striker, but they feel that making their defence tighter will be their main concern in January.

The Magpies have scored just five times in their opening six Premier League matches, but they are hoping that the return of Aleksandar Mitrovic will boost their scoring figures. 

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