Make of it what you will but an ‘exclusive’ over in Italy claims that Newcastle United have already held secret meetings with Clarence Seedorf and he is coming in to replace Steve McClaren.

A brilliant player in his time, Seedorf won the Champions League an astonishing four times, with three different clubs. Firstly Ajax, then Real Madrid and twice with AC Milan.

The 39 year old has only had one brief stint as a manager since hanging up his boots.

The former Dutch international was appointed at his old club AC Milan in January 2014 after a poor start to the season under Massimiliano Allegri. However, despite winning 9 & drawing 2 of his 18 games in charge and stabilising the club to finish eighth in Serie A, Seedorf was sacked in June 2014.

This was just the latest example of the chaotic running of the Italian giants under Silvio Berlusconi.

According to reports at the time, Clarence Seedorf was put on ‘gardening leave’ for the remainder of his contract which runs up to summer 2016, with the Dutchman not taking another managerial/coaching job in the meantime.

How true the claims now by calcio mercato of Newcastle’s secret meetings with Clarence Seedorf are, remain to be seen.

However, I suppose one thing to potentially consider is the Dutch link, with Newcastle already having five players from Holland and Mike Ashley said to be keen to have more Dutch links, to help expand Sports Direct and associated brands in the Netherlands and surrounding countries such as Belgium and Germany.