There is certainly a lot of news out there on who Newcastle are tracking ready for the summer transfer season.
Charlie Austin – 20 year-old Swindon striker
Today we were linked with 31 year old Jimmy Bullard, who’s now at Hull City and Sky Sports is now reporting this afternoon that Newcastle are also interested in hot young Swindon striker Charlie Austin.
Austin was bought by Swindon last October from non-league club Poole Town and has been in startling form for The Robins ever since.
The 20 year-old 6’2″ striker has scored 16 goals in 22 starts for the Swindon side, and is thought to be one of the best young talents in the country right now.
The Hungerford-born youngster was at Poole from 2007 until 2009 and in his 43 games for the club scored an amazing 48 goals.
Charlie started his football career as part of the Reading Youth Academy, and played for Thatcham Town, Kintbury Rangers and Hungerford Town before joining Poole in 2007.
But Austin, who will turn 21 in July, has received interest from a number of big clubs, but he fits into what Newcastle are looking for – a future potential great player who is still fairly young, and can be picked up for a reasonable fee.
Newcastle are reported to have watched Austin several times in the last few weeks, although Spurs and Fulham are also said to be more than interested in the player.
Championship leaders Newcastle watched Austin in action at the weekend against Hartlepool, with assistant manager Colin Calderwood present at Victoria Park.
Austin was given a new two-and-a-half year deal in February at the Swindon club, and this player could be a real target this summer, when we expect a bit of a clear out of our strikers on Tyneside.
We would at the very least expect 28 year-old Shola Ameobi to be moved on during the summer months.
What do you think?