Newcastle were interested in Charlie Austin when he was at Swindon Town, and in our archives the first time there was a report we were interested in him was back in March of 2010, a full five years ago when we were in the Championship.
Charlie Austin – scores again for QPR
Charlie had just been transferred from non-league Poole Town the previous October, and of course since then he has gone on to score goals at both Burnley and QPR and this season he has proved he can score goals in the Premier League after he signed on for the London club for about £4M in the summer of 2013.
If QPR are relegated this season there will be a number of clubs after the 25 year-old striker, and he would be a very good target for Newcastle at around £8M.
A striker in a similar position as Austin is Burnley’s Danny Ings, and Danny will be a free agent in the summer, and he will most like leave Burnley whether or not the club is relegated.
And while Newcastle have been interested in Danny since back in 2009, other bigger clubs are interested in singing him and Newcastle would have little chance of getting him, even though we have expressed an interest.
Charlie Austin was born in Hungerford and was at Poole from 2007 until 2009 before joining Swindon Town, where he scored 37 goals in 65 appearances before joining Burnley in January of 2011.
He played 90 times for Burnley with 45 goals before joining QPR and this season he has notched 14 Premier League goals in 23 appearances for the London side in this his first season in the Premier League.
He’s a natural goalscorer at 6’2″ tall, but Austin will become available only if QPR are relegated, and we expect Newcastle to try to bring in maybe two good strikers in the summer.
Newcastle have had to rely on Papiss Cisse this season with 11 Premier League goals but now he has been suspended for seven games.
Newcastle will now have to rely on Ayoze Perez, Manu Riviere and 18 year-old Adam Armstrong for the goals, although John Carver may have to recall 20 year-old Adam Campbell from his loan spell at Gateshead.
Newcastle have been short of a striker all season after we failed to replace Loic Remy, who didn’t want to sign for Newcastle because we did not meet his ambitions of playing in the Champions League.
Remy is now at Chelsea after he famously failed a medical at Liverpool, and he won a League Cup winners medal last weekend when Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 at Wembley.
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