Newcastle United round-up: Austin asking price discussed, Bordeaux president on Rolan interest

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A round-up of the latest news from St James's Park, as the pursuit for further forwards rolls on.

Newcastle United, and other potential suitors for Charlie Austin, have seen the striker's asking price publicly revealed by QPR boss Chris Ramsey, according to quotes in the Chronicle.

Discussing a previous bid by an unnamed club for the forward, which was rejected, Ramsey said: “We’ve been offered £12million and turned it down so we’re looking in excess of £15million.

“Goalscoring is something you can’t coach, it’s just a habit that some people have. He’s aiming to go to a team that’s in the top half of the table, if he doesn’t then he could stay."

The Magpies were rumoured to have made a bid for Austin earlier this month, so that £12 million offer could have been from Tyneside, and may well have instead been spent on new striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Whether Steve McClaren is still pursuing the 26-year-old, or prepared to bid "in excess of £15 million" remains to be seen.

Austin isn't the only player whose links to Newcastle have been discussed with the media, as Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud confirmed to Mercato 365 that there has been in interest from St James's Park over the future of Diego Rolan.

"There has been contact with Newcastle, but never directly with us, only through various intermediaries," he is quoted as telling Mercato 365. "With Newcastle, I suppose you could say there is some truth in their interest."

The Uruguayan scored 15 times last season, and was also involved in his country's Copa America tournament.

And finally, the Chronicle have poured cold water on rumours linking Spurs to France international Moussa Sissoko. They refuted claims in French media that the Londoners had bid for the 25-year-old.

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