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Newcastle are in need of extra firepower, says McClaren

By Staff Reporter

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has hinted the club could be in the market for a striker when the January transfer window opens.

The Magpies always looked a frontman short when they added only £14.5million Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic to their pool of attackers during the summer with injury having deprived McClaren of Papiss Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere for long periods during the first half of the campaign.

QPR's Charlie Austin was among the men the club actively courted to no avail with his £15million price-tag way beyond what they would have been prepared to pay, but with goals having been at a premium to date, they need to do something to either increase firepower, or at least provide better service for Mitrovic.

McClaren has been reticent when quizzed on the subject of the winter window, but asked if he could understand the desperation of fans to know the club's plans, he replied: "Absolutely. Absolutely.

"I understand fully where you're coming from, believe you me. I think I've said enough to say that we do need more goals and that we're working behind the scenes to address that."

Mitrovic is likely to lead the line again at Arsenal tomorrow afternoon.

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