Newcastle United round-up: Anderlecht's Andy Najar not a target, McClaren unsure of captaincy

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

Steve McClaren has admitted that he has still yet to decide on who will be Newcastle United captain this season, despite the Premier League kicking off in less that a week's time, in quotes appearing in the Shields Gazette.

Last season's skipper Fabricio Coloccini has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace this summer, and even though McClaren has come out and said the Argentine is keen to end his career at St James's Park, as per the Northern Echo, there are doubts surrounding whether he'll be fit for the match against Southampton on Sunday, whether he'll be captain if he does play, and even if McClaren wants the former Deportivo man as a key man in his side.

“I’ve been asked before every game, but you know what – it’s not that I don’t care, but they should all be captains," the former England boss told the Gazette in relation to whether those that have skippered the side in pre-season are front-runners for the full-time role.

“We have a senior group of players and what I’ve done is passed it around the senior group.

“Coloccini is the club captain. Will he play next week? We don’t know.

“Will he be captain next week? We don’t know. Let’s first get him on the training field, let’s get him playing and see if he can start.”

Both Charlie Austin and Diego Rolan continue to be linked with a switch to the Magpies by the Chronicle, though there is little development in the recruitment of either player.

A new name linked to Newcastle in recent days is someone that comes from a club who must be sick of being raided by the Tyneside outfit, as Anderlecht's Honduran winger Andy Najar has become the latest young talent linked with switching Brussels for the North-East of England.

But the Chronicle have poured cold water over the reported interest that originated in Najar's homeland, meaning Magpies fans are no closer to knowing who will be the club's next addition.

A player that seems likely to be departing the club is Mehdi Abeid, who the Gazette report is close to joining Bundesliga second division side Fortuna Dusseldorf. 

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