Report: Diego Rolan could be Newcastle's new priority after ending Austin pursuit

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Newcastle could turn to Diego Rolan after ending their pursuit of Charlie Austin.

According to the Shields Gazette, Newcastle could turn their attention to Diego Rolan having ended their pursuit of Charlie Austin.

The Magpies made their fifth summer signing earlier today, snapping up French winger Florian Thauvin from Marseille on a five-year contract.

Thauvin joins Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ivan Toney in arriving at St. James' Park this summer, but manager Steve McClaren still needs more additions, particularly up front.

However, The Chronicle reported earlier this week that Newcastle have now ended their interest in signing Queens Park Rangers goal machine Charlie Austin, and have moved on to look at other targets in a bid to boost their attack.

Now, the Shields Gazette report that the Magpies could firm up their interest in Bordeaux forward Rolan as an alternative option to Austin.

Rolan, 22, hit 15 goals for Bordeaux last season, turning in his most impressive season to date having joined the French side from Defensor Sporting in 2013.

With pace to run off the shoulder of the last man as well as the ability to play out wide, Rolan could be a versatile attacking outlet for Newcastle, whilst that turn of pace could complement target man Mitrovic well.

Newcastle have really splashed the cash this summer, but a move for Rolan could really prove how serious Mike Ashley is about reversing Newcastle's fortunes after a number of dismal seasons as the cheque book continues to be seen on Tyneside.

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