Maybe the best chance we have of getting a decent striker through the door this summer is QPR’s Charlie Austin, although there will be a number of top clubs after the Hungerford-born player, who hit 18 Premier League goals in 35 appearances for a struggling QPR side last season.
Charlie Austin – top target this summer
Charlie was called up for Roy Hodgson’s squad for the friendly in Ireland on Sunday and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia on 14th June.
This is what Charlie has said:
“I feel like I’ve worked hard enough this season for QPR to try to be a Premier League player.” “I’ve come out a couple of times and said, ‘I don’t set myself targets’.”
“But going into the Premier League for my first season, I said that eight to 12 goals would have been perfect for me. Luckily enough I exceeded that and got 18. And missed two penalties.”
“After these two weeks, I’ll sit down with the club,” “But I just want to be fully focused on these next two weeks with England.”
“I want to enjoy these next two weeks and then who knows what the future will hold for me?”
Austin has just one year left on his QPR contract, and Newcastle always like to get a good deal negotiated.
Charlie would be a good buy for around £10M – but the price being quoted for the 6ft 2 ins striker who turns 26 next month is now up to around £15M, and it remains to be seen of Newcastle would be willing to pay that for the 25 year-old.
We have plenty of money available, but the fans will learn this summer if Mike Ashley is willing to spend those funds to build up a good side on Tyneside.
Charlie would be a terrific buy for us, but to get him signed Newcastle will have to think big this summer, which doesn’t come naturally to those in charge of the club these days.