Newcastle United’s remaining transfer business looks set to go to the wire.
Head coach Steve McClaren doesn’t expect another breakthrough before Sunday’s season-opener against Southampton.
Newcastle are still interested in signing a striker, a winger and a defender before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month.
But the club, which has recruited three players so far, isn’t close to a breakthrough.
Asked if he expected a signing before the Southampton game, McClaren said: “I would expect what we have got to start.
“Are we looking for more? There’s a lot of speculation out there, but nothing is happening at the present moment, believe you me.”
McClaren also distanced himself from “talk” about a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.
However, the 26-year-old is a target for Newcastle, though no bid has yet been lodged, with the club feeling he is over-priced at £15million.
McClaren said: “There’s been a lot of talk about that throughout the weeks.
“But we’ve not been in contact with QPR and they’ve not with us so no, that’s just a name that circulates and has been going around.”
United have signed midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and defender Chancel Mbemba so far this summer.
All three made their home debuts in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.
McClaren added: “There is a lot of work behind the scenes, and it has taken us quite a while to get the ones we have got – we’re pleased with them, very pleased, because of the quality.”
Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney was at the Gladbach game.
The 19-year-old arrived on Tyneside late last week so McClaren and his staff could have a look at him ahead of a proposed £300,000 move to St James’s Park.
Toney trained with the club’s Under-21s.
Meanwhile, Mitrovic, signed from Anderlecht along with Mbemba, will be assessed this week ahead of the Southampton game.
Asked if he was ready to start a game, McClaren said: “A lot will depend on how they all train this week. People say that training is not important, but it is for us.
“So along with everyone, it depends on how they train as to whether they’ll play, start or be on the bench or in the stand.”