No new Newcastle bid for Florian Thauvin but McClaren admits: ‘We’re looking’

Chancel Mbemba
Chancel Mbemba

Newcastle United still have work to do in the summer’s transfer market – after Chancel Mbemba completed his move to St James’s Park.

But the club is yet to make an improved offer for Florian Thauvin.

Chancel Mbemba

Chancel Mbemba

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic have already arrived on Tyneside, while defender Mbemba’s move to St James’s Park was finalised yesterday after a Football Association panel granted a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) to back the DR Congo international’s application for a visa.

The 20-year-old has signed a five-year contract for a fee believed to be £8million. He said: “This is the biggest league in the world and I’m very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.”

Now attention turns to other targets, notably Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

A deal is also close to being struck for Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney.

We’re always looking, but they’ve got to be the right players

Steve McClaren

Olympique Marseille winger Thauvin is also high on the club’s summer shopping list.

And a report in France claimed Newcastle had tabled an improved £12million bid for Thauvin.

However, United – who bid £10million for the 22-year-old last month – have not yet returned for Thauvin.

McClaren, Newcastle’s head coach, is hopeful of more signings between now and the end of next month when the summer transfer window closes.

Asked about the chances of more arrivals at St James’s Park, McClaren said: “We’re always looking, but they’ve got to be the right players.”

However, he’s delighted to have secured Mbemba.

He added: ““He is a proven performer at the highest level, he’s powerful, combative and will add quality to our defence. He also has an eye for goal which is an extra asset for us.

“We’ll get him integrated into the squad quickly once he’s with us.

“Unfortunately due to the time it takes to process the visa application that won’t be in time for our final friendly on Saturday, but our focus will be to make sure he will be ready and available as soon as possible.

“I’m sure our supporters will take to him very quickly, he’s the sort of player fans will enjoy watching.”

United were beaten 2-1 by York City at Bootham Crescent on Wednesday night.

While disappointed with the result, McClaren felt there were some positives to take out of the match.

McClaren said: “We’re delighted with the players that we’ve got and their attitudes.

“Results are not important in pre-season, performances are.

“I’ve been pleased with some of the performances.

“I want to win, so I’m disappointed.

“We were poor in both boxes, but good in the middle.”

Newcastle play German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach at St James’s Park in their last pre-season friendly before starting their Premier league campaign at home to Southampton on August 9.