Aleksandar Mitrovic jets in to seal Newcastle transfer

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Aleksandar Mitrovic will today complete his move to Newcastle United – taking the club’s summer spending to £27.5million.

The 20-year-old striker yesterday flew into Tyneside.

There are agreements in place with Anderlecht, his club, and Mitrovic.

And the proposed deal will be confirmed once Mitrovic – who will cost a reported £13million – has undergone a medical.

However, the Serbia international will not join his team-mates in the USA.

Instead, he will link up with them when they return to England later this week ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Mitrovic joins £14.5million midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum at St James’s Park.

Wijnaldum, signed from PSV Eindhoven, made his debut in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sacramento Republic in California.

After the match, head coach Steve McClaren responded to reports in Belgium that the club was close to signing Mitrovic.

“I think we’re very, very close,” said McClaren.

“There’s a lot of speculation. Certainly from the feedback from back home, we’re working very hard to bring one or two more players in.”

Once the Mitrovic deal is completed, the club is hopeful of further progress on other targets, though there has been no bid, yet, for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

The £15million fee QPR are demanding for the 26-year-old is the main stumbling block for United.

Austin – who has just a year left on his Loftus Road contract – is wanted by a number of other clubs, including West Ham United.

Chelsea also have an interest in Austin, who scored 18 Premier League goals last season.

Meanwhile, captain Fabricio Coloccini won’t play against Portland Timbers – leaving him short of match fitness ahead of the new season.

Coloccini has sat out the club’s first three pre-season friendlies with an Achilles problem and won’t play at Providence Park tomorrow night in Newcastle’s final USA tour game given that the stadium has an artificial pitch.

“It’s an Achilles problem, and we’ve got to take care,” said McClaren.

“I think it’ll also be difficult in Portland because of the artificial surface.”