Newcastle are not believed to have launched an official approach for Danny Ings despite reports over the weekend.
The Liverpool striker is expected to depart before Thursday’s deadline after outlining his desire to leave in search of regular first-team football.
Ings has often been tipped as an option for Rafael Benitez amid his search for attacking reinforcements, although the Magpies are yet to table an official offer for the Englishman.
The club have meanwhile been preoccupied with the signing of West Brom’s Salomón Rondón having agreed a part-player-part-cash deal involving Dwight Gayle.
Chronicle writer Lee Ryder insists there has been no bid for Ings, who has evidently not been a priority for Benitez.
For all those asking about Ings there’s been no bid or approach for him. Focus has been on Rondon over the weekend. #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 5, 2018
Liverpool are believed to be demanding a fee in the region of £20million for Ings, drawing on the £27million Fulham paid for Aleksandar Mitrović and West Brom’s £20million asking-price for James Rodriguez as justification.
Crystal Palace recently emerged as leading contenders for the 26-year-old, whilst Leicester and Southampton have also expressed an interest.
Ings made his first-team comeback on Merseyside over 2017/2018 after suffering successive season-ending knee injuries in his first two years after signing for the club from Burnley.
The forward performed admirably for the U23s over the first half of the season before earning a place in Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad following the turn of the year.
Having been linked with a January exit, Ings’ was denied a move by his manager in preparation for a hectic schedule in which the Reds juggled their fight for a top-four finish with their progression to the Champions League final.
Ings made his first league start since October 2015 in April when he featured in a goalless Merseyside derby, before scoring his first league goal in 930 days in a draw against West Brom later that month.