Newcastle United round-up: Mitrovic deal looking unlikely, Austin would be excellent signing says former Magpie

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

The Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle are giving up hope on the chances of bringing Aleksandar Mitrovic to St James's Park, as there is still no news from the Anderlecht regarding the striker agreeing to a move, despite speaking with the club several days ago.

Porto have made a £12.5 million offer for the 20-year-old, claim the Mirror, with the Portuguese side looking to fill the void left by Jackson Martinez's departure to Atletico Madrid. Champions League football could be the thing that swings it for the European giants.

The Magpies are continuing to be positive however on a move for QPR's Charlie Austin, after odds that he would move to the North East dropped dramatically in recent days. Toon favourite Steve Howey told Sky Sports that the 26-year-old would be "an excellent signing."

“He’s a proven goalscorer in the Premier League," he said. "Even in a team that got relegated he scored goals.

“If Newcastle get somebody like him I think that would be an absolutely massive boost for the boys going into the start of the season."

The Chronicle also revisited reports that Newcastle were interested in signing Manchester United's Jonny Evans, saying that Roberto Martinez's assertion that Everton were not interested in the Northern Ireland international left the door open for a possible move by Steve McClaren, who was assistant at United when Evans was in the youth teams at Old Trafford.

The Metro also linked McClaren to his former Twente star Leroy Fer, currently at QPR. The Magpies would have to be wary of a player that has suffered successive relegations in his two years in the Premier League with different clubs.

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