Newcastle reportedly refused the opportunity to sign Charlie Austin on deadline day, while also rejecting an approach for Rolando Aarons.
The Chronicle reported on Sunday that the Magpies were presented with a proposal by an agent claiming to represent QPR that involved Austin moving to St James’ Park, with exciting youngster Aarons heading in the opposite directon.
Newcastle were unwilling to part with Aarons and rejected the deal, which would have cost them £10million.
Aarons attracted interest from the Premier League’s biggest clubs when he impressed when coming off the bench, though the 19-year-old is yet to start at Premier League game for the Magpies.
Steve McClaren was asked last week if Aarons would be staying at St James’ Park, with the manager defiant in his response: “Absolutely, without a doubt.”
Newcastle were among a number of clubs interested in Austin, though QPR’s demand for £15million made many suitors wary. Leicester and Bournemouth had offers of £12million rejected by the Championship club, but McClaren’s interest reportedly remains.
Newcastle are said to be willing to wait until the January window, which represents QPR’s final opportunity to receive a fee for Austin before he becomes a free agent next summer.