Steve McClaren looks to be targeting Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard as his first signing since taking over as Newcastle United boss.
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The former England manager left the top job at Derby County at the end of the season and was appointed as Magpies head coach last week.
McClaren—who has also managed Middlesbrough, FC Twente and Wolfsburg—appears keen to start his transfer dealings immediately, and is targeting United’s attacking midfielder Lingard, according to the Telegraph.
The 22-year-old looks unlikely to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford over the coming year, and McClaren sees the talented forward as a key figure in his new-look Newcastle side.
The two have previously worked together at Derby, where McClaren acquired Lingard on loan in January to aid in his promotion push from the Championship.
Ultimately, the Rams fell short and missed out on promotion, but the young English forward was a hit with the East Midlanders’ fans. He managed two goals and one assist in 14 outings in the second tier, and impressed with his movement in wide areas and his speed with the ball at his feet.
He will also contribute versatility to the Magpies should he move, as he is able to play on both flanks as well as through the middle.
The youngster is set to feature for England at the U21 European Champions this summer, and McClaren may well look to seal a move before the tournament kicks off in order to beat other potential suitors to the forward.
The Telegraph report that the ex-Three Lions coach is also considering Bas Dost of Wolfsburg as well as Charlie Austin, who impressed in the Premier League before being relegated with Queens Park Rangers at the end of the campaign.
McClaren—who replaces John Carver at Newcastle—won three Premier League titles and the Champions League as Manchester United’s assistant coach, as well as the Eredivisie title with Twente and the 2004 League Cup with Boro.