McClaren: I’d loved to have spent £150m but we’ve done great business at Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren says quality, not quantity, has been key to Newcastle United’s summer recruitment – with the head coach not expecting a busy end to the transfer window.

Newcastle have signed five new recruits, including young striker Ivan Toney, and McClaren revealed the club has no further additions “up its sleeve” ahead of Tuesday teatime.

Only time will tell, but credit to the club – they said they were going to do something and they’ve done it


While admitting that he “always wants more”, McClaren says the club will be sticking to its strategy of revamping the squad over three transfer windows, including this one.

McClaren said: “I remember the first week I was here and the conversations we had and looking at the squad and the next three windows and thinking, ‘can we not have all of that now?’

“It’s been impossible to do that. But I am excited about this because it’s not just about now, but about the next two windows as well. By this time next season the squad should look totally different.

“Did I want to spend £150m in this window? Absolutely.

“But we have spent wisely, on quality, if not quantity.

“It’s a good start.

“Only time will tell, but credit to the club – they said they were going to do something and they’ve done it.

“You can never say never, but we are not planning anything, we haven’t got anything up our sleeve. We are happy with what we have got and hopefully, we’ll see the window through nice and quietly,” added McClaren, who planned to watch the deadline day drama unfold from the comfort of his sofa.

One player definitely not signing is Wolves striker Benik Afobe, linked to the club yesterday.

McClaren insists he is happy with his striking options, with new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse battling for a starting spot alongside Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere when he comes back from surgery.

Florian Thauvin and Georginio Wijnaldum have also boosted the forward ranks.

And McClaren also confirmed his stance that there is no need to sell, despite ongoing speculation surrounding the likes of Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko.

“There’s a great determination from the club, to reiterate from two weeks ago, that we don’t need to sell, we don’t have to sell, we don’t want to sell,” said McClaren.

“We don’t want to loose any of our best players.”