Steve McClaren: No January transfer summit at Newcastle – but work ongoing in 'background'

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren says he has NOT yet sat down with the rest of Newcastle United's board to discuss next month's transfer window.

There is a pressing need for new signings in the New Year given the club's predicament near the foot of the Premier League.

The club's head coach – who is also on United's board – has refused to discuss transfers in recent weeks.

And McClaren, speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, says his only focus has been this month's fixtures given the club's position near the foot of the division.

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Asked if he had sat down with the board to discuss the January window, McClaren said: “You know what? We haven't, absolutely not.

"Things are going on in the background, and we have touched upon things, but our sole focus for the last four to six weeks has been about results, one game at a time.

“We have got four (games) before January, so we are looking forward to those four and getting results and we'll see where we are then."

Asked when he expected discussions to start, he added: "Privately, all the time. Publicly, never."

McClaren, however, did dismiss speculation linking the club with Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.