Newcastle won't be pursuing Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.
The threat of relegation is looming large, and manager McClaren must bring in more quality in the final third if Newcastle are to survive the drop again, having scored just one goal in the last four games.
One player who could fit the bill for the Magpies is winger Andros Townsend, who has been sent down to the Tottenham Under-21's by manager Mauricio Pochettino, with a January exit seemingly inevitable for the 24-year-old wide man.
The Chronicle report that Newcastle were hoping to take the England international on loan until the end of the season, giving him first team football in the process - but there will be no deal.
It's stated that Newcastle have baulked at Tottenham's asking price of over £10m for the winger, or a huge loan fee, so negotiations have ended there, in a frustrating situation for both clubs.
Newcastle need quality, and the pace of Townsend could bring something different to the Magpies attack, whilst he clearly has no future at White Hart Lane, and Spurs would no doubt love to cash in on him this month, enabling Pochettino to bring in a new striker.
The report goes on to suggest that Newcastle will continue to pursue Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Bordeaux's Henri Saivet, though neither deal look to be imminent at this stage, with McClaren looking for major reinforcements this month.