Newcastle United round-up: McClaren reportedly chasing Lingard, Bowyer tells Austin to choose Magpies

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

Steve McClaren is eager to bring Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard to Newcastle this summer, according to ESPN.

The 22-year-old impressed under the former England boss at Derby last season, scoring twice in 14 Championship matches, and with the recruitment drive going on within Manchester United's midfield this over the last month, he may find it difficult to edge towards the first team.

ESPN say that, should the player become remotely available to transfer, the Magpies will make a move.

The St James's Park boss has also made improving the defence a priority before the end of the transfer window, with the Shields Gazette quoting him as saying it was major area to improve in after problems conceding last season.

“We’re always on the lookout – we’re always open to that," he is quoted as saying in response to a question about improving that area of the team.

“We’ve got the personnel, but we’re always searching for better. It’s one big area we’re looking at.

“We know you can’t win anything with a bad defence. That’s one thing we’re trying to address.”

So far, the Magpies have only signed young defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht.

Newcastle have appointed England goalkeeping coach Simon Smith as a replacement for Andy Woodman, who earlier this week joined Crystal Palace, says the club website. Smith worked in the same position at his hometown club for eleven years, before leaving in 2004 and eventually spending a long time working with the national team at various age groups.

Former Newcastle midfielder Lee Bowyer has urged Charlie Austin to pick the Magpies over West Ham if both outfits move for the 26-year-old, according to an interview he conducted with Talksport.

Bowyer said that he opportunity to be the main man up top at St James's Park should be enough to sway Austin into picking Tyneside over East London, especially with ex Newcastle forward Andy Carroll still at the Boleyn Ground.

“I think he would be better suited up in Newcastle," the 38-year-old told Talksport.

“West Ham have got a couple of forwards already. They have got big Andy Carroll, they have got Sakho who scored a few goals last season.

“Newcastle, I can’t think of any of their strikers but Cisse, and he wants to leave.

“He would be loved up at Newcastle if he starts scoring some goals. They are great fans and he should hit the ground running if he decides to go there.”

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