Newcastle United legend Malcolm Macdonald has heaped praise on the club's transfer policy.

Supermac believes the blueprint can be a success if it is adhered to correctly.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "For me this is a much better approach to the way of the past. That was nonsense. Buying players just because they are a "name" is not the way forward.

"The worst one for me was Patrick Kluivert. I know there was no big transfer fee but there was a loan fee and the wages were astronomical.

"Thank heavens those days are over. I don't want to see aging stars picking up huge sums. Nicky Butt was another classic example.

"He came up here as the "big I am" and ended up being loaned out after a season. Such deals are stupid and they cost you millions in the long run.

"Alan Smith is another.

"Headliner stars are not going to help the club in the long run. If you are going to see the fruits of your labour you have to look at long-term team building.

"And it is needed here."