Report: Newcastle waiting for responses to bids for Matip, Austin and Dost

The club are eager to make signing in the near future and are actively pursuing the trio according to reports.

Newcastle United are yet to make their first signing of the summer, though that isn't for want of trying according to the Chronicle, who have stated that the club have made bids for three players in recent times.

The publication says the Magpies have tried for Schalke's Cameroonian international defender Joel Matip, as well as attackers Charlie Austin and Bas Dost.

There has been little news back from the clubs that own the players in question, but the Chronicle claims Newcastle are still waiting to hear back, even if approaches for QPR forward Austin and Wolfsburg striker Dost are not close to happening.

What do Newcastle's reported bids indicate about Steve McClaren's transfer strategy?

Firstly, what is interesting is that none of the three players mentioned have links to France, the kind of signings that have been a regular occurrence at St James's Park over the last few years.

Though Florian Thauvin has been linked to the club in recent times by the Chronicle, it is telling that he is not included as someone Newcastle have bid for.

Rather, McClaren is looking at players from leagues he is familiar with, which include the Premier League, and he has focused on signing strikers and central defenders by the looks of things.

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