Steve McClaren says he is NOT frustrated by Newcastle United’s failure to make an early transfer-window breakthrough.
The relegation-threatened club is looking to recruit at least one striker this month.
It’s January. We are looking at everything to see what kind of business we can or can’t do.Steve McClaren
Loic Remy is one target – Chelsea are understood to be willing to loan him out – but Alexandre Lacazette and Andy Carroll won’t be allowed to leave Olympique Lyonnais and West Ham United respectively.
McClaren’s side has struggled in front of goal all season.
The head coach knows a proven goalscorer, preferably one with Premier League experience, could make all the difference to the chances of staying up.
However, asked if he was frustrated that Newcastle hadn’t yet made a breakthrough, he said: “No, because this is what the January window is all about.
“Nothing is happening, so I can’t tell you anything. When it does, everyone will know.”
McClaren was asked about an interest in Lacazette ahead of this afternoon’s FA Cup tie at Watford.
He said: “I haven’t got a clue. Nothing has happened. When it does happen, you will be the next ones to know.”
McClaren was also asked about Remy, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan at United and is keen to be playing week-in, week-out ahead of Euro 2016.
Asked if he was interested in Remy, McClaren said: “We can’t disclose that – that’s private. You can name all the names you would like, but it’s private. We will do our business, and do it privately.
“We don’t want expectations too high, it is part of theatre – a media frenzy – to put names out there. We will go about our business as normal.
“It’s January. We are looking at everything to see what kind of business we can or can’t do. Discussions are ongoing behind closed doors.”