Aleksandar Mitrovic's Newcastle future still in the balance ahead of transfer deadline

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic

Newcastle United are fielding enquiries about striker Aleksandar Mitrovic as the transfer deadline edges closer.

Mitrovic scored the club's first goal of the season in Wednesday night's Carabao Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.

But the striker could yet leave St James's Park before next Thursday's deadline.

Italian side Cagliari have had a loan approach rejected, but United could yet sell Mitrovic.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez – who has the final say on all incomings and outgoings at St James's Park – would only sanction a sale if a replacement can be secured in time.

Mitrovic, for his part, insists he is "focused" in training.

Speaking to the Gazette earlier this month, the 22-year-old said: “I’m focused. We’ll see what happens.

"But, at the moment, I’m focused to try to do the best I can every training session and every game and to do the best with every chance I get.”

Benitez – whose side take on West Ham United at St James's Park tomorrow looking for their first Premier League win of the season – has just three out-and-out strikers at the club.

Mitrovic is competing with Dwight Gayle and new signing Joselu for a place up front.