Lee Charnley holds transfer summit at Newcastle

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley

Newcastle United will hold a board meeting today to assess its transfer options.

The club is still to make a signing ahead of the new season.

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

Newcastle’s players reported back for pre-season training today, but there were no new faces arriving at the club’s Benton HQ.

United owner Mike Ashley pledged to “invest” this summer immeditately before the final game of last season against West Ham United.

But the club, led by managing director Lee Charnley, is yet to make a breakthrough.

Newcastle’s targets include Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin, Wolfburg’s Bas Dost and Olympique Marseille’s Florian Thauvin.

United owner Mike Ashley pledged to “invest” this summer immeditately before the final game of last season against West Ham United.

All would command fees in excess of £10million.

Charnley will meet with the club’s new-look board, which also comprises of new head coach Steve McClaren, chief scout Graham Carr and Bob Moncur, to plan United’s next move.

Newcastle – whose Premier League status was only confirmed on the final day of last season – open their pre-season campaign with a friendly against Gateshead at the International Stadium on July 10.

McClaren will then take his team across the Atlantic for a three-game tour of the USA.

And United hope to have one or more signings completed by the time the squad leaves the country.