Report details Newcastle United's plans for the January transfer window

The Magpies are set to reinvest after a big summer spend.

Newcastle United will look to strengthen in defence and up front in January with a focus on players towards the end of their contracts, according to the Chronicle.

The report claims the Magpies will adopt a similar approach to the one taken over the summer in that they will look to players who’s contract situation gives Newcastle the upper hand.

Spain and Germany have been the areas scouted most recently, with Borussia Monchengladbach and Barcelona games among those attended.

It’s a policy which would fly in the face of recent calls – from the likes of Steve Harper – for a change of approach in the transfer market.

The success rate of Newcastle’s foreign recruits has been mixed, to say the least, and there has been a desire from fans and commentators alike to focus on Premier League-proven talent.

Finances come into play of course, and there is a premium on those talents proven in England which prompts many clubs to set their sights abroad.

Signing players is a murky science and foreign recruits can be the solution if they are the right type of player - see Dimitri Payet - but there is always the added risk of a longer settling in period for those changing countries.

The gaps in the Magpies’ squad are plain to see and January is now shaping up to be a defining month in the story of Steve McClaren and Newcastle United.

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