Aleksandar Mitrovic has been training back with his former club Anderlecht while he obtained his visa, and the 20 year-old is due back in Newcastle today to start training with the lads, and head coach Steve McClaren will assess him and see if he is fit enough and ready for the game tomorrow night against York City at Bootham Park.
Steve McClaren – coy on new signings
This is what McClaren has said about the exciting new Newcastle striker:
“He’s been training with Anderlecht,” “He’s had a few days away on his own because of the situation.” “But we expect him to come in on Tuesday and we’ll assess him and see whether he’s ready.”
“Then see if he’s right for a few minutes on Wednesday whether he should wait until Saturday against Borussia Monchengladbach.”
Newcastle have been held up in their efforts to sign center-back Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht, as Newcastle await approval from the FA before they can go forward and secure the visa, although that’s expected to happen before the end of this week.
But it’s doubtful that Chancel can make an appearance on Saturday when we take on Borussia Monchengladbach at St. James’ Park, which kicks off at 3:00 pm.
As far as new signings, there was news last night that Newcastle will finally lodge a bid for Charlie Austin – reported today to be £13.25M by the Express.
We assume the figure has to lie somewhere between the £12M Leicester bid, which was turned down, and the £15M evaluation of the player by QPR, which Newcastle have said is too much for a player who could become a free agent next summer.
£13.5M would be half-way between those limits, so maybe it’s just a glorified guess coming from the Express?
This is what Steve McClaren has said about the current status of Newcastle transfers:
“We’ve really been concentrating on those first few deals.”
“We were really concentrating on getting Wijnaldum in, which we’ve done, and before we start thinking about anybody else, I’d like to see the other two out there because that’ll give us a much better idea of where we’re at..”
“I haven’t been able to see Mitrovic or Mbemba since coming back from the States yet, so let’s deal with one thing at a time and get them out there training and integrated into the squad..”
“Then we’ll wait for further developments if they happen.”
Steve did say earlier this week that he expected one or two players to be signed this week – so maybe they are Chancel Mbemba and Charlie Austin, and both of those players would be excellent signings for Newcastle.
What do you think?