Newcastle may miss out on signing ahead of first pre-season friendly

Steve McClaren has just eight days to wait for his first match in charge of Newcastle
Steve McClaren has just eight days to wait for his first match in charge of Newcastle

Newcastle United could kick off their pre-season campaign without a new signing.

The club is yet to make a transfer window breakthrough, though it tabled a bid for Florian Thauvin last week.

Newcastle’s offer to Olympique Marseille for the winger, understood to be just over £10million, remains on the table. But the French club, having sold Dimitri Payet to West Ham, is seemingly in no hurry to do business given the need to bring replacements to the Stade Velodrome. Newcastle have not yet bid for for honeymooning Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

And Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has warned United that it would take a sizeable offer to persuade the club to part with frontman Bas Dost.

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley yesterday held a board meeting to discuss the progress made by the club, so far, in its attempts to secure up to six new players.

Owner Mike Ashley, no longer on the club’s board, pledged significant “investment” in the squad before the final game of last season after a dismal few months on the field.

New head coach Steve McClaren – whose players reported back for the start of pre-season training yesterday – is keen to see one or more new faces arrive ahead of a three-game tour of the USA later this month.

But McClaren could have to wait a little longer for a breakthrough in the transfer window, which formally opened yesterday.

United open their warm-up campaign with a friendly away to non-league neighbours Gateshead on July 10.

Among the players reporting back to the club’s Benton training ground yesterday was Sylvain Marveaux.

Midfielder Marveaux – who has another year left on his contract – was frozen out by former manager Alan Pardew and loaned to Guingamp last season.

Meanwhile, out-of-contract Sammy Ameobi is expected to sign the deal he was offered in May.

However, the forward is likely to be farmed out for a the season, with Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers the frontrunners to take him on loan.

In other news, teenagers Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry, Macaulay Gillesphey and Tom Heardman have signed the professional deals they were offered in March.