Newcastle boss Steve McClaren casts doubt on future signings

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has dampened the initial positivity induced by the Magpies' initial summer spree by indicating that the big money moves may be about to dry up.

Speaking to Sky Sports after an uninspiring 2-2 draw with Sheffield United, McClaren suggested that he was 'happy' with the club's summer acquisitions and that he was unsure about any future business.

The comments will come as a blow to Newcastle fans who have been delighted by three big money moves for Georginio Wijnaldum and highly rated youngsters Aleksandar Mitrović and Chancel Mbemba from Belgium giants Anderlecht over the past few weeks.


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However, concerns remain over the Magpies' shaky defence, their Achilles heel of the previous campaign, with club captain Fabricio Coloccini's future uncertain amidst interest from Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace.

McClaren's comments will prove disappointing to fans who view Newcastle's back four, and the centre back pairing in particular, as a massive problem ahead of the upcoming campaign.

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The Magpies have been linked with a host of top international centre halves, including Cameroon pair Joël Matip of Schalke 04 and Nicolas Nkoulou of Marseille, a club who would be willing sellers due to their financial difficulties.

Whether the Newcastle hierarchy and notoriously stringent owner Mike Ashley address the obvious need for defensive reinforcements remains to be seen.

The club have been rightly praised for their transfer coups this summer but more reinforcements are needed just to stand still in a league that, inflated by TV deals, has become even more competitive.

The money is certainly there, but do they have the willpower and the ambition to take that extra step needed to fire the club up into the top half of the table?

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