We expect that Aleksandar Mitrovic’s family are no longer in Newcastle, having been shown around St. James Park and the training fields recently, in an attempt to persuade his father that Mitrovic should sign for Newcastle – but no real news on what has happened after that, or if the 20 year-old is closer to signing for Newcastle.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – McClaren a bit coy
Newcastle are said to be back in for Charlie Austin too, so its difficult to know what exactly is going on right now.
Steve McClaren on the American tour didn’t say too much when asked yesterday what the situation was with both Mitrovic and Charlie Austin and whether there was any new transfer information:
“No. The only one was Wijnaldum at the weekend.¨ “There’s no news of yet because of the time difference.¨
“We get up, train, have lunch then have meetings.” “I think there are many players I admire and would like to come to Newcastle.¨
“As always when a player comes in and gets through the door, we’ll talk about them a lot more.”
Milwaukee is on central time in the US, which is one hour behind eastern time and 6 hours behind UK time – and then when the lads move to California and Oregon it’s 8 hours behind UK time – so in the wee hours of the morning is when the games kick off.
It looks like Lee Charnley and company are still trying hard to bring in at least a couple of players,after the great success of getting Georginio Wijnaldum through the door, but it’s not surprising that Steve is not saying too much about what’s going on.
It looks like Newcastle are the only club who have had an offer accepted by Anderlecht for Mitrovic, but Porto still want him.
With Charlie Austin, we are supposed to be balking at the £15M being asked and are only willing to pay £12M for the Hungerford-born player.
Three weeks come this weekend is when the Premier League opens up again, and hopefully we can have a couple of new players in by then.