Steve McClaren 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.
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.