Steve McClaren has hinted Newcastle United could look to the Football League in order to identify new signings for the club, according to the Shields Gazette.
In light of the recent success enjoyed by Dele Alli, Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy in the top tier, the former England coach believes there are more talented players in the leagues below.
Having been close to signing Spurs star Alli over the summer, before the White Hart Lane outfit swooped at the 11th hour, the Toon coach has revealed he could once again scout further down the league structure.
‘It’s like your Charlie Austins and your Vardys, there are still some people down there, that if they keep working and put the effort in, they can make it’, revealed the Magpies chief.
‘Even in the Championship, players are going up, the likes of Callum Wilson, Troy Deeney and Ighalo.’
The North East giants have previously been criticised for their recruitment policy in recent seasons, tending to prefer to buy from the French market.
While there have undoubtedly been some hidden gems unearthed, many of the arrivals have proved to lack the desire necessary to deal with playing for such a demanding set of supporters when the going gets tough.