Steve McClaren: January transfer window ‘huge’ for Newcastle

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren says planning is well underway ahead of the January transfer window – when he hopes reinforcements can be brought to struggling Newcastle United.

The club, which takes on Norwich City at St James’s Park on Sunday, is bottom of the Premier League table and facing another relegation battle.

Newcastle spent more than £50million in the summer, but none of the club’s five summer signings had played in English football’s top flight before arriving at St James’s Park.

“January has become a huge window for us,” said head coach McClaren.

“There’s a lot of work in the background. In one respect, we’re working towards that, but we need to win football matches (in the meantime).”

McClaren – who has lost Tim Krul for the rest of the season – also didn’t rule out a move for a goalkeeper in January.

Rob Elliot will deputise for Krul against Norwich with Karl Darlow also sidelined.