Steve McClaren is set to be confirmed as Newcastle United manager within the next 48 hours, according to the Northern Echo, with the former Middlesbrough leader expected to waste little time in reiterating the need for signings with Premier League experience.
The Echo suggests that McClaren is “set to play an influential role in transfer discussions as part of a recruitment team that also features managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr.”
It’s understood that a willingness to sign players from other English clubs will represent a departure from recent years under Mike Ashley’s regime on Tyneside.
However, the bottom-line focused sportswear tycoon will still demand that any acquisitions come with a likely sell-on value.
Place the two demands together and it’s a brief that begins to look far from easy to fill – all the more so given the Magpies’ modest current standing in the top order of English football.
However, news.bwin.com have unearthed a likely quintet who just might fit the bill.
Victor Moses – Chelsea
Still just 24, Moses is immensely experienced for one so young, with World Cup finals appearances and a Europa League win under his belt.
His willingness to step down a level from clubs chasing continental competition has already been advertised, with the Nigerian even refusing a recall by parent-club Chelsea mid-way through an impressive campaign at Stoke.
That season in the Potteries saw him earn the 13th-highest average performance rating of any Premier League player from statistics gurus whoscored.com.
Kieran Trippier – Burnley
Quietly sensational as an attacking full-back for Burnley in 2014/15, 24-year-old Trippier put in more than double the amount of crosses of any wide defender in the division bar Leighton Baines last term.
Linked with moves to Tottenham and Arsenal, Newcastle could capitalise on any concerns he may have about being first-choice status at either side.
Robbie Brady – Hull City
Immensely versatile, the Irishman played at no fewer than five differing positions for Steve Bruce last season, seldom failing to acquit himself well.
At his best in attacking situations, 23-year-old Brady could be expected to thrive alongside a better quality of player on Tyneside.
Joe Allen – Liverpool
Like Brady, the Welshman may not be the most thrilling name to have linked with your club, but, when tasked with simply doing what he does best, he is a proven Premier League performer.
His ability to knit the play together, in a unfussy and tactically alert fashion, saw Brendan Rodgers start him in four of Liverpool’s five Champions League games last season.
Matt Phillips – QPR
Along with Charlie Austin, Phillips came out of QPR’s relegation with most credit, having made hay with the regular first-team football Chris Ramsey’s appointment eventually brought with it.
HIs eight assists and three goals in 14 games from February onwards suggest he will have plenty to offer whoever takes him off Rangers’ hands.