Newcastle United round-up: Ferdinand confirms Charlie Austin interest

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A round-up of the latest news at St James's Park, with the club pursuing further signings.

Former Newcastle United striker Les Ferdinand, who is now the director of football at QPR, the club he left to move to St James's Park back in 1996, has confirmed that there is interest from the Magpies in the R's star forward Charlie Austin, but that a bid has not yet been made, according to reports in the Chronicle.

“Newcastle might have enquired by speaking to the chairman," the ex England international is quoted as saying in the Chronicle. "But no bid has come in from Newcastle for Charlie.”

Newcastle are continuing to pursue attacking options up front, which seems to include Austin, and Ferdinand's claims certainly indicate that it may only be a matter of time until Steve McClaren and co firm up their interest in the 25-year-old.

In other news, midfielder Cheick Tiote was unable to join up with the club's pre-season tour of the US after he was unable to get a visa issued to visit the country.

There is no official confirmation as to why the 29-year-old was refused entry, but Shield's Gazette speculated that it could be related to earlier criminal convictions Tiote had on his record.

Talksport are saying that Newcastle have seen a bid for Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan dismissed by the Ligue 1 club.

The report says the Magpies offered £13 million and the loan of Remy Cabella for a year in exchange for the Uruguayan, but that it was rejected.

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