Newcastle United news: Marseille striker linked, Charlie Austin latest, Colback blow

Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin

The January transfer window may still be some way off but Newcastle United are already being linked with a number of strikers.

Reports today claimed that the Magpies are monitoring Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi as they look to bolster their strikeforce.

The Belgian international, who turns 22 on Friday, has scored five Ligue 1 goals in seven starts this season.

Newcastle will bid to increase their attacking options in January, with Charlie Austin still on their radar.

The QPR frontman is out with a hamstring injury at the minute, but if the price is right in the new year, the Magpies could still make a move for the 26-year-old.

Despite the desire for a new striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic has been reeciving praise for his leadership qualities against Chelsea by fans.

Our fan blog stating that Mitrovic could fill the leadership void left by Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan was our best viewed sports article.

Read it in full here.

Meanwhile, Jack Colback is a ‘major concern’ ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday.

The midfielder has yet to train this week, and coach Paul Simpson revealed the Magpies’ medical staff are working around the clock to get him fit.