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Newcastle United did not come close to signing Victor Valdes from Manchester United, says Steve McClaren; McClaren admits that goalkeeping situation is 'unbelievable' but feels that Fred Woodman is ready if Elliot breaks down at Bournemouth.

Byline: Lee Ryder

Steve McClaren has revealed that Newcastle United did not come close to signing Victor Valdes on an emergency loan from Manchester United.

But it is understood that the Magpies will re-assess their goalkeeping options again in January to see how well they are coping without Tim Krul.

United started the week with only Fred Woodman as a fit and available keeper after Rob Elliot hobbled off following the 0-0 draw with Stoke City with a thigh injury.

Had Elliot been ruled out of the trip to AFC Bournemouth, the Premier League would have sanctioned a short-term loan deal.

The former Barcelona man, who is out-of-favour at Manchester United, was arguably the only real choice for the Magpies this week with very few senior top flight keepers available to loan.

When asked if the Valdes deal was ever close, McClaren told the Chronicle: "Not really. Obviously after last Saturday, we were concerned but we gave Robbie every chance to be fit. He has trained well and he is OK."

Reflecting on Newcastle's misfortune after a scenario that at one point saw Elliot, Karl Darlow and Krul all injured, McClaren said: "It is an unbelievable situation but we just have to cope with it.

Will Newcastle United beat Bournemouth on Saturday?

"Freddie has to be ready if needed and hopefully Karl Darlow will be ready in two or three weeks. The break could come in handy for us. We will have to wait and see after tomorrow."

McClaren will also had good news on Daryl Janmaat after he picked up a knee injury against Stoke City.

McClaren said: "We've got Daryl coming back in, he's trained and he's OK."

United's boss is hoping that Newcastle finally get the break they need in the trip to Bournemouth. The team performed well at home to Stoke City without netting three points and McClaren said: "Last week's game was always going to be close. It was always going to be a 1-0, and always us that got the goal.

"Unfortunately we came across a goalkeeper who stopped us. We just have to keep going, in that manner and that spirit.

"It's appreciated by the fans. You can see it suits the players we have."

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
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Date:Nov 7, 2015
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