Charlie Austin’s transfer has again been making the headlines today, while Paul Dummett’s injury setbcak – reported by the Gazette last week – has been confirmed.
Austin took to the radio airwaves last night to talk about staying at QPR this season.
He confirmed he rejected a move to a Premier League club during the transfer window and revealed the reasons behind it.
However, the Gazette understands that club wasn’t Newcastle, who stepped back from the chase for the striker because of the £15million asking price.
The Gazette also reported last week that Paul Dummett had suffered an injury setback after his hamstring strain picked up last season.
And Newcastle assistant manager Paul Simpson today confirmed the story to the club’s official website.
He said: “Paul Dummett’s had a little bit of a setback which is a blow.
“He picked up another little bit of hamstring damage last week in training which has set him back so we’re just monitoring that and nursing him through.”
Mike Williamson is hopeful of being fit after missing a few days’ training, however.
Meanwhile, Simpson insists Newcastle aren’t pushing the panic button despite their winless start to the season.
“We are not panicking, that’s one thing I can say for sure,” said Simpson.
“Yes, we all want to win games but there is no state of panic, no state of emergency here.”