Sylvain Marveaux is looking for assurances on his first-team future amid interest from France, Russia and Germany, The Journal can reveal.
The winger is understood to be keen to stay at St James’ Park but feels he needs to play more to get his career back on track after a stint on Tyneside plagued by injuries.
His representative has fielded calls from CSKA Moscow and clubs in France and the Bundesliga enquiring about his availability.
However, having lost several fringe players already – James Perch’s move to Wigan was in its final stages yesterday – United will not want to lose Marveaux.
The winger is one of the non- international players due to return to the training ground this week as United’s players filter back for pre-season medical tests.
They will not step on to the training pitches until Saturday, however, when Alan Pardew and his coaching team will oversee his first session of the summer.
Director of football Joe Kinnear had hoped to have his first signing on board by then but United’s long- standing interest in one striker has ended.
United are assessing their options after losing out on Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang, who has joined Borussia Dortmund after the Bundesliga club reached an agreement with St Etienne.
United had been in contact with the Ligue 1 club over the last 10 days but do not appear to have been involved when things heated up over the last 48 hours.
They had been encouraged by agents working on his behalf – and by Aubameyang himself – in the last week, but Mike Ashley appears keen to recruit within a budget again.
An £18m asking price was always likely to be beyond Newcastle but it will still be disappointing for United fans who remain deeply sceptical about the appointment of Kinnear as director of
football. Kinnear was not helped by more quotes yesterday in which he proclaimed his credentials for the job, with delivering a first signing essential to answering questions about his own credibility.
The Journal understands initial discussions on recruitment were focused on United’s need for more of a Demba Ba-style target man.
Having not entered the race to sign Andy Carroll, they have expressed interest in André-Pierre Gignac of Marseille.
Ajax’s Siem de Jong was a January target but he is more of a ‘number ten’. He is looking for a new challenge this summer.
Meanwhile, Pardew will also seek talks with midfielder Yohan Cabaye next week after a worrying flurry of summer stories claiming he wants to leave Newcastle.
United’s official website published an interview with the France international in which he claimed the club would come back stronger than ever.
He said: “It was a difficult season for us. We started quite well and then had a big hole where we were losing a lot of games.
“We had a lot of injuries to players as well, with big players missing, and that was hard when we were playing in the Premier League and the Europa League.
“Yet we fought together, stayed together and fought to be a Premier League squad next season which is the most important thing.
“We have to learn from our mistakes but the main thing was safety and the club staying in the Premier League. For the future, we learnt a lot.”