Newcastle United round-up: Austin to be offered new QPR contract if asking price not triggered, Shaqiri moves to Stoke

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

Former Newcastle United forward and QPR director Les Ferdinand has again been discussing the future of Hoops striker Charlie Austin, a player that has been continuously linked to St James's Park all summer by the likes of the Mirror.

The former England attacker made it clear that the only bid to have come in for the 26-year-old was from Leicester City, and though the Loftus Road outfit expected offers before the transfer deadline, Austin would be offered a new contract if no club met QPR's asking price.

"The price is still £15m and the only firm bid that has come in is still from Leicester, Ferdinand is quoted as saying in the Mirror.

"Everyone feels that bids are going to come in for him, it's just a matter of when. But if a club doesn't pay the fee, then we will offer him a new contract to get him to stay."

McClaren has again confirmed that striker Emmanuel Riviere, the out of favour Frenchman who was already way down the striker list for Newcastle this season, may need surgery on his knee after an injury in pre-season.

Quotes in appearing the Mirror have the Magpies boss once more touching on a possible operation the 25-year-old will have to undertake, as the former Monaco forward tries to build on a disappointing first Premier League season where he scored just once.

"I think Manu Riviere’s knee was painful after training," he said.

"So he might have to have surgery. We are investigating that.”

Newcastle have missed out on the signing of former Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri, after the Swiss star completed a sensational transfer to Stoke City on Tuesday. The Magpies and Everton had been linked with attempting to gatecrash a deal for the 23-year-old, a star at the World Cup in Brazil last summer, according to the Express, but astonishingly, he has completed a transfer to the Britannia in what is a real coup for the Potters and their boss Mark Hughes.

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