Steve McClaren reportedly wants to sign CSKA Moscow playmaker Alan Dzagoev in a £10million deal to bolster his struggling Newcastle squad.
Former England manager McClaren appeared to have rejuvenated the Magpies following back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Tottenham earlier this month.
However, a failure to win any of their three matches over Christmas has seen Newcastle fall back into the Premier League relegation zone.
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And according to the Daily Mirror, McClaren is now eyeing a move for Dzagoev, who has developed into an important player at CSKA Moscow after joining the club in 2008.
The 25-year-old broke the record as the youngest ever outfield player to appear for the Russia national team seven years ago and finished as joint-top goalscorer at Euro 2012, before also representing his country at the 2014 World Cup.
McClaren will be hoping Dzagoev -- who has helped guide CSKA to the top of the Russian Premier League -- can inject some much needed creativity into the Newcastle midfield.