Report: McClaren has clear January transfer plans, Newcastle hierarchy have key condition

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren is reportedly eyeing three new faces in the January transfer window.

According to The Telegraph, Steve McClaren wants to strengthen three positions during the January transfer window, but the Newcastle hierarchy won't let him sign players over the age of 28.

The Magpies have struggled so far this season, winning just two games out of 13, and scoring only 13 goals in a dismal start to the campaign.

Even after bringing in the likes of Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic over the summer, Newcastle's squad is still lacking in quality, and January transfers are certainly needed.

The Telegraph report that, even though McClaren has struggled this season, the Newcastle hierarchy have told him that his job is safe and he will be able to bring in new faces in January.

It's stated that McClaren wants a new centre back, new central midfielder and new striker in January. The ageing Fabricio Coloccini is continuing to struggle, and the Magpies should be looking to add a longer-term partner for Mbemba in the heart of defence.

Another partner for currently-injured Jack Colback in midfield would be a wise addition, whilst the struggles of Mitrovic mean that another option in attack would certainly help McClaren, rather than calling upon Papiss Cisse.

However, it's stated that whilst McClaren wants more Premier League experience in his side, the Newcastle hierarchy will refuse to let him sign players over 28, as they prefer to focus on younger players with potential, as seen with their signings over the summer.

McClaren may want more Premier League experience to help him battle against relegation, but it appears that Newcastle are taking a longer-term approach in the transfer market - possibly to McClaren's frustration as he bids to keep them in the top flight.

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