Newcastle United round-up: Ex-Magpies boss comments on Dunk links, Obertan enthusiastic for new season

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

Former Newcastle United manager and current Brighton boss Chris Hughton has commented on speculation linking the Magpies to Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk, according to quotes by BBC Sport.

Hughton said that as far as he was concerned, it was nothing more than speculation, coming days after the Mail reported a possible swap involving the 23-year-old and Mike Williamson.

"As far as I know, it is speculation. He is a good player and sometimes that will happen," Hughton told BBC Sussex.

"It is not the first time and it won't be the last. We can only deal with it that way as he is a Brighton player."

Winger Gabriel Obertan is eager to stay at St James's Park after his impressive performance in the club's opening Premier League match of the season against Southampton, according to comments that appear in the Chronicle.

Starting on the left wing, the Frenchman set up one of the Magpies' two goals, and was full of endeavour with his wing play while he was on the pitch, hinting at a first team role for a player that has managed just 30 league starts in his four years on Tyneside ahead of this season.

“We had a few talks and individual meetings. I know what he expects from me," said Obertan in the Chronicle. "Everybody got a fresh start. That’s what I expected from new staff with new ideas. It is a really good start for me and I am really enthusiastic for the rest of the season.” 

And finally, returning to the long-running transfer saga surrounding QPR forward Charlie Austin, the Star once again have Newcastle as frontrunners for the hotshot, after days of fluctuating betting markets that have at times supported the likes of Tottenham, Bournemouth and Everton as possible destinations.

The Star report odds of 5/4 that Austin will eventually make the move to the North-East, though when that'll be, and how many more clubs he'll be linked to before any transfer actually happens, remains to be seen.

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