It’s a Sunday so take these transfer stories linking players with the Magpies with a pinch of salt, and one of them is an exclusive in the Star today, which reports we are interested in signing James McClean, the former Sunderland winger, who is now at Championship side Wigan, who are second bottom of the Championship and could well be relegated this season.
James McClean – former Sunderland winger
The 25 times capped Irish International is hardly the caliber of player Newcastle fans will be expecting the club to sign this summer, but at least he would be fairly cheap, which is one parameter Mike Ashley values highly in the transfer market.
The reason the Star gives of why Newcastle may be interested is that Steve McClaren tried to sign the 26 year-old in January for Derby County, and he would be keen to get the Irish winger on Tyneside, should he accept the head coach job at Newcastle this will be offered to him this summer.
If Newcastle do appoint McClaren as head coach that will mean Newcastle’s mediocrity in the Premier League will continue, with the former Middlesbrough coach hardly having the credentials that can take Newcastle challenging for a top six position in the league.
In fact we rate Alan Pardew as a better coach than Steve McClaren.
This kind of average player will not excite Newcastle fans this summer but McClean will be fairly cheap and his wages will not be high.
So it fits some of the criteria Mike Ashley is looking for in new players this summer.
McClean signed for Sunderland from Derry City (his home town club) in the summer of 2011 and scored 11 goals and 8 assists in 70 total appearances for the Black Cats over two seasons.
He joined just relegated Wigan in the summer of 2013 on a three year deal, and this season he’s scored 6 goals and 7 assists in 35 games for Wigan.