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Strachan exposes list of loan signings

The 52-year-old former Celtic and Southampton boss was named as Gareth Southgate's successor on Monday, signing a four-year contract with the North East outfit.

However, as he posed for photographs with the club's supporters outside the stadium, he was clutching onto several pieces of paper that reportedly listed loan targets for the upcoming January transfer window.

According to the Daily Mail and Times, one of Strachan's documents displayed a 4-4-2 formation of the new-look Teesiders, with the majority of positions filled with players from Premier League clubs, including Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Manchester United striker Federico Macheda.

Only goalkeeper Brad Jones, central defensive duo David Wheater and Sean St Ledger and winger Adam Johnson's roles in the side appear safe, judging by the new Boro boss' apparent plans, with Wolves striker Chris Iwelumo, Birmingham City goal-getter Kevin Phillips, Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Naughton and Portsmouth midfielder Hayden Mullins also believed to be on the wish-list.

The reported list in full:

Federico Macheda (Manchester United)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Chris Iwelumo (Wolves)
Kevin Phillips (Birmingham City)
Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur)
Andy Griffin (Stoke City)
Hayden Mullins (Portsmouth)
Isaiah Osbourne (Aston Villa)
Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)

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Gregg Davies is the Chief Sub Editor of FourFourTwo magazine, joining the team in January 2008 and spending seven years working on the website. He supports non-league behemoths Hereford and commentates on Bulls matches for Radio Hereford FC. His passions include chocolate hobnobs and attempting to shoehorn Ronnie Radford into any office conversation.