The Magpies pressed hard for the Baggies starlet throughout deadline day of the January transfer window, making a series of big offers for the striker.
Tony Pulis’ side resisted though, insisting that they had no intention to sell, especially given how little time they would have had to find a replacement.
That was obviously a disappointing result for McClaren’s side, and he has admitted that it would have been an added bonus had they managed to secure him.
“We showed intent to make a huge bid like that and it would have been a bonus,” the Mirror reports him saying.
“It would have been a bonus when the club got together and discussed it. It has not come off so we go with what we have got now.”
“It is done. Window closed. It has not come off, and that is football.”
Despite that, the Newcastle United manager has insisted that he is delighted with the business he managed to get done across January.
The Magpies were one of the busier sides in the transfer window as they signed four new players, with Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend, Henri Saivet and Seydou Doumbia all arriving at St James’ Park.
And McClaren says he delighted with those signings, hoping that they can gel quickly and help to push them away from the relegation zone in the second half of the campaign.
“I think we have done great business, four great signings, I am delighted with what we have done,” he added.
“This window was important. I am very pleased with it. We just have to gel everyone together and the last half of the season really go for it.”