Newcastle are ready to make a move on the transfer market for Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard.
Lingard spent last season on-loan at Derby County and impressed McClaren, who at the time was manager at Pride Park before he was sacked for failing to gain promotion.
The 22-year old has rose through the ranks at Old Trafford, but has gained experience with loan stints at Leicester, Brighton, Birmingham, and most recently Derby.
Despite only joining the Rams in February, Lingard made an impression during his short stay, being a regular name on the team sheet and scoring two goals in 14 appearances.
The chance to re-join McClaren could prove tempting for the young midfielder, as the former England boss clearly rates his talents, and a loan stint would provide a valuable opportunity to gain valuable Premier League experience.
The England under-21 international started Louis Van Gaal's first game in charge as United boss at the start of the season, and the Dutch manager is keen to assist Lingard's development - as he was handed a new three-year contract back in February.
Lingard to feature for England-under-21s
Lingard will feature for England in the European Under-21 Championships later this month in Czech Republic, and is expected to be one of the senior figures in Gareth Southgate's 24-man squad.
Harry Kane was also selected to Mauricio Pochettino's dismay, as the Tottenham boss is worried about burning out the English striker who played 52 times in all competitions last season and scored 31 goals.
Chelsea youngster Ruben-Loftus Cheek was a surprise inclusion, and may partner Lingard in midfield. Southgate stressed when speaking to the Mirror, that English players need to concentrate on development, not necessarily success.
“What I think we need to change is the mindset of English teams. They need to play a position based game. We need players who can handle the ball in all positions.
“Yes we want to win. That’s the internal desire of the team. But it can’t be our sole focus.”