Report: Steve McClaren admires Michael Carrick, out-of-contract this summer

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Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is big fan of Manchester United’s Michael Carrick.

Steve McClaren is a big fan of Michael Carrick, the Chronicle reports.

The Newcastle United head coach has been given a lot more control in the transfer market than his predecessors at St James’ Park, and has been allowed to alter the Magpies’ transfer policy.

Rather than only looking abroad for signings, he has decided to also bring in Premier League-based players, knowing that their experience of English football is vital.

In January, McClaren signed Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend from rival Premier League sides, hoping to add more steel to his side.

So far, they have had little time to make an impact at St James’ Park, but the head coach believes his Premier League-experienced players will keep the Magpies in the top flight.

Having altered the club’s transfer policy, McClaren wants to continue recruiting English players in the summer, and the report indicates he is a big fan of Michael Carrick.

Carrick has worked under McClaren before, and it looks as if he will be leaving United at the end of this season.

He is out-of-contract, and at 34-year-old, there have so far been no apparent moves to tie him down to a new deal.

McClaren could plan to swoop for Carrick on a free transfer, but the report does indicate that the board may not trust his judgment on such a move.

Carrick breaks many of the transfer rules that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have put in place in recent years, mostly due to his age, and McClaren would have to convince the board that the ageing midfielder would be a worthwhile purchase.

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