Anderlecht say Newcastle target Mitrovic is staying in Belgium

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Newcastle United’s hopes of signing Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic have been dashed after the Belgian club revealed they will not sell him this summer.

The Magpies have been linked with a big-money move for the frontman, with reports suggesting they had already agreed a fee

However, Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck has stressed that the Serbian is staying put.

Van Holsbeeck said: “At 20, Mitrovic has scored 20 league goals this season. He scored against Arsenal, Dortmund and has also played for Serbia. This is a striker who you know can really improve a side.

“Therefore, we have decided against selling him. Mitro is aware and he wants to stay.”

Mitrovic bagged 27 goals this season, including a Champions League strike against Arsenal, who have also been linked with the striker.

Newcastle are desperate to add to their strikeforce, having struggled for goals all season.

Papiss Cisse finished top scorer despite missing large chunks of the campaign through suspension and injury, while Emmanuele Riviere only netted once in the Premier League.

The Magpies are understood to be keen on QPR forward Charlie Austin and Burnley’s Danny Ings, though the latter has a number of suitors, including Liverpool.

Newcastle are also hoping to sign Ghana winger Andre Ayew, who is a free agent after leaving Marseille.