Steve McClaren ready to block moves for Mike Williamson and Yoan Gouffran

Mike Williamson.
Mike Williamson.

Steve McClaren is ready to block loan moves for Newcastle United’s fringe players – as he can’t spare them.

Mike Williamson and Yoan Gouffran are interesting clutch of clubs.

We’ve got a good squad, a strong squad, and we’ve got motivation.

Steve McClaren

Leeds United and Brighton and Hove Albion have been linked with defender Williamson, while forward is reportedly a target for Middlesbrough and Hull City.

But United head coach McClaren does “not foresee” any more senior players leaving during the Football League’s emergency loan window, which opened last week.

Williamson and Gouffran started Newcastle’s Capital One Cup win over Northampton Town last month, and McClaren feels he will need them again over the coming months.

Asked if he was looking to loan anyone out, McClaren said: “No, we’re not. I think our squad is OK. You know, if you get injuries and things (they will be needed).

“I also think we’ve got cup competitions. We used the cup last time very well for the squad, and we’re looking also to the next game to use it very well for the squad.

“We’ve got a good squad, a strong squad, and we’ve got motivation. They can see a game ahead, and they can see the team is not established yet.”

McClaren added: “No, I don’t foresee that (players leaving on loan).

United have already farmed out eight players, including Remy Cabella, Haris Vuckic, Adam Armstrong, Shane Ferguson and Freddie Woodman.

While McClaren is reluctant to loan out the likes of Williamson and Gouffran, he could yet send out one or two more young players.

Callum Roberts, Alex Gilliead and Jamie Sterry would all benefit from first-team experience in the Football League.