Newcastle STILL keen on Charlie Austin as Manchester United linked with striker

Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin

Newcastle United have ruled out a last-minute move into the transfer market – but the club hasn’t given up hope of signing Charlie Austin in the future.

The summer transfer window closes at 6pm today – and United plan to to stick rather than twist.

Newcastle, having spent almost £50million on Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Ivan Toney, are not expected to add to their five summer signings.

Head coach Steve McClaren said: “We are happy with what we have now.”

Austin was the club’s main striking target, but United were unwilling to meet Queens Park Rangers’ £15million valuation.

And the 26-year-old – who is out of contract next summer – could now stay at the relegated club, even though Manchester United have been linked with him over the last 24 hours.

Steve McClaren and Georginio Wijnaldum

Steve McClaren and Georginio Wijnaldum

Should Austin, also wanted by Bournemouth, remain at QPR, Newcastle will renew their interest in him in January, when he will have just six months left on his deal and be free to talk to interested clubs.

United striker Papiss Demba Cisse, set for a run in the team in place of the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic, now seems certain to stay at St James’s Park.

The 30-year-old – who has two years left on his contract – has been interesting clubs at home and abroad.

Speaking after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Arsenal, the Senegal international said he “didn’t know” if he would still be a Newcastle player after the deadline.

We are happy with what we have now.

Steve McClaren

Cisse’s agent, Madou Diene, also suggested his client was open to a move away from St James’s Park.

However, Cisse would only be allowed to leave United should another striker arrive, and that seems unlikely, despite reports in Germany linking the club with a £7million move for Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

Lasogga has long been on Newcastle’s transfer radar, but the club are not understood to be readying a bid for him in the final hours of the summer transfer window.