When asked about the Aleksandar Mitrovic situation, Steve McClaren has said that the signing is ‘very close’.

However, he doesn’t believe there will be enough time for the striker to complete the deal and fly out to play against Portland Timbers on Tuesday night.

After the all the trials and tribulations of the Mitrovic transfer saga, no doubt like the rest of us, Steve McClaren will only be 100% sure that the Serbian striker has signed when he is actually wearing the black and white strip.

In only 21 days United kick off their season against Southampton and whilst Wijnaldum should hopefully get more game time on Tuesday, other new signings are desperately needed as soon as possible, though the Anderlecht forward would make a great second signing of the summer.

The case of Loic Remy always sit in the back of your mind, the forward due to hop on a flight to sign on the dotted line, only to then be offered more cash by QPR and forget all about Tyneside.

Steve McClaren asked about Mitrovic signing:

“We’re very close to something and there’s a lot of speculation and pre-empting decisions.

“Certainly  though from the feedback back home they’re working very hard to bring one or two players in.”

Mitrovic to be available on Tuesday for the Portland Timbers match?:

“No I don’t think so, we have what we have, it’s a good squad.

“I am so pleased with the games we have had so far in terms of how they boys have worked. They’re getting the minutes in and working hard, their attitude is very good.”