With just three weeks remaining until the new domestic campaign kicks off, clubs are looking for late deals for that special player just before the first whistle blows on July 8th. For Newcastle United, that is no exception.
With Steve McLaren fresh into the St, James’ Park hotseat after leaving Derby County in the summer, The Magpies have looked to move away from their so called ‘french dynasty’ assembled by former boss Alan Pardew.
Already McLaren has recruited Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven for £15million and is now looking to bring in a proven goal-scorer, to solidify his tenure as he returns to the North-East, after his Middlesbrough days.
After weeks of speculation and having moves to Chelsea and West Ham mooted, Sky Sports now reports that betting has been suspended on QPR striker Charlie Austin joining Newcastle, after his odds were slashed to as short as 1/10.
Austin, 26, would fit the bill as a target-man, with 18 goals in his first campaign in the English top flight. The Hungerford-born striker is widely expected to move back up the football league, following The Hoops relegation back to The Championship.
Newcastle have lacked a goal-getter since the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool, after his infamous £35 million move to Anfield.
Since Carroll’s move, the Toon Army have been forced to paper over the cracks with Shola and Sammy Ameobi for the most part.
The other only real threat in the striking department lies in Papiss Cisse, but whose form almost as a super-sub does little to appease the impassioned hoardes on Tyneside.
Emmanuel Riviere was shouldered with much of the responsibility after switching from Ligue Une side Monaco last summer, however after a shaky start, the £7m Frenchman failed to make an impact, scoring a single solitary goal in his debut season.
A move for Charlie Austin then, would make perfect sense. Austin exudes similar aerial traits to club legend Alan Shearer, but whilst not expected to reach anywhere near the prolific heights of the former England international, Charlie Austin could be a weapon in the Newcastle United arsenal.