Newcastle United round-up: Ashley Young linked to club, squad numbers announced

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A round-up of the latest news from St James's Park, as the Magpies push for further attacking additions.

Newcastle United are interested in signing Manchester United winger Ashley Young, say the Star, a player whose position may be jeopardised by the Red Devils' midfield additions this summer.

The England international, who has not had his contract renewed this summer despite his impressive form last season, is also interesting Liverpool and Tottenham say the Star, and would be available for around £8 million.

Steve McClaren is edging closer to the signing of young striker Ivan Toney, according to the BBC Sport, after the 19-year-old came to Tyneside for his medical on Friday.

The Northampton forward is not set to impact the club's recruitment policy say the Chronicle, with the Magpies still eager to add another defender, another first-team striker and a wide player.

Earlier today the squad numbers were announced for the new season, with striker Aleksandar Mitrovic choosing the unusual number of 45. Fellow new signings Chancel Mbemba and Georginio Wijnaldum were give 18 and 5 respectively, according to the club website.

Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman is on the cusp of joining Crystal Palace after five years at St James's Park, and the 43-year-old has paid credit to his spell at the club and working with the goalkeepers there.

"It has been an honour to work for Newcastle United," he is quoted as saying in the Chronicle. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my five years in the North-East. Myself and my family love this city and the region which had become our home.

"It's been particularly pleasing during my time here to have worked with Tim Krul and played a part in him rising through the ranks to become the Club's first choice goalkeeper and a regular international.

"It is sad to be leaving, but I am also very proud that my son Freddie remains part of the Club and I am sure he has a bright future playing for Newcastle."

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