The Magpies lost 1-0 at Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, meaning that they were defeated in each of their three games over the festive period - all of them by a 1-0 scoreline.
With no goal over the last three games, it's clear that Newcastle still need to bring in a new striker, even after landing Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht last summer.
The Telegraph now report that, whilst McClaren is keen on a deal for QPR goal machine Charlie Austin, he is also plotting a move for Chelsea's Patrick Bamford.
The 22-year-old recently returned to Stamford Bridge following a failed loan spell with Crystal Palace, where he failed to score in just eight appearances.
Bamford is unlikely to make an impact with Chelsea, and looks set to move out on loan again, with Newcastle boss McClaren allegedly keen to complete a reunion with Bamford.
McClaren took Bamford on loan at Derby County in 2014, where Bamford hit eight goals in 23 games, and it could be a beneficial move for all parties, especially given that Bamford knows the North East having impressed on loan at Middlesbrough last season.
Newcastle would get a striker with a major point to prove after that failed Palace spell, McClaren would be able to bring in a striker he knows how to get the best out of, Bamford would get another chance to prove that he can be a Premier League star, whilst Chelsea will be able to get Bamford some first-team football - so a deal to take Bamford to St. James' Park wouldn't be a surprise.
Would Bamford be a good signing for Newcastle?