This English Striker A Newcastle Target This Summer

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.

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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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10 comments so far

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Yet more speculation – maybe we’ll hear about a potential signing named Messi soon?

    Let’s deal in the realities of a greedy owner with no ambition and an HC who’s out of his depth!

  • stuart no9

    Mar 7, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #2

    44stuart no9 // Mar 7, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Can anyone tell me the point in owning up about committing a crime on the pitch ? As Evans has proved, lie about it , let them carry out an inquest and who knows , you may get off with it , on the other hand , own up , tell the truth , accept your responsibilities , apologize profusely , accept your punishment and guess what Evans gets exactly the same punishment for lying . What a load of bollocks . Why didn’t he pay for trying to cheat his way out of it . Total bollocks

  • Graeme

    Mar 7, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Nah, Carver quite happy with what we had when he took over. He wont be banging on the door, asking for a Striker, he knows they cost money and we dont like spending any!!

    He’ll have Perez (Hopefully) Cisse, DeJong, Chucky as strikers next July, what more would he possibly wish for?
    Some things just never change!!

  • Graeme

    Mar 7, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Stuart, you’re right.
    It just demonstrates that Honesty, Integrity have NO place in football today. The FA are a joke of an organisation.

  • martoon

    Mar 7, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #5

    stuart no9 @2 – I agree 100%. I know spitting is horrible bit I still don’t understand how it is considered twice as bad as a leg breaking tackle?

  • ronniegillsbackpage

    Mar 7, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    charlie Austin might want to actually win things!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 7, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s one thing to be stuck with Mike and mini-Mike. Imagine also being stuck with Carver!

    …that trio is the recipe for disaster (ala Pardewgate)

    Horrible 4 years I’ll never forget!

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    So, Charnley reckons they want a Head Coach who’s tactically astute and will develop young people.

    Mmmm, now when they confirm Carver’s appointment, how will they explain it away?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 7, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Where does it say he’s a tatget and we’re interested Ed? Another misleading hesdline! We may have shown interest in the past but that counts for nothing if we don’t follow it up recently.

  • Sav

    Mar 8, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #10

    I expect we’ll be stuck with Riviere although, thankfully, Ferreyra is expected to sling his hook.


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