With Steve McClaren and his coaching team expected to be announced today, it looks like we are wasting no time in getting down to some transfer business, with news today that Newcastle have opened negotiations with QPR for their 25 year-old striker Charlie Austin.
Charlie Austin – Newcastle open negotiations
The report is in The Sun and it’s expected that Steve McClaren will be fully involved in trying to get Charlie and some of Newcastle’s other targets to the club this summer, in what is said to be a huge push to improve the squad.
Austin has just been called into the England squad, and the 6’2″ striker would be an excellent signing for Newcastle, with even Newcastle legend Alan Shearer trying his best to get him to the club by inviting him to sign recently via one of his tweets.
Charlie has also been talking to QPR team-mate Joey Barton, about what it’s like to play at Newcastle, and Joey has given hin some positive feedback.
The striker showed that he can score goals at the highest level with 18 Premier League goals in 35 appearances last season for a struggling QPR side.
The negotiations are said to be at an early stage, but Newcastle are making their move.
It’s expected that Newcastle will make a big push in the transfer market this month, to get in some new players before pre-season training starts early next month with Steve McClaren and his new coaching team.
And big money will be available since Mike Ashley is very keen not to have another relegation battle next season, and the owner has even said he’d like to win something on Tyneside.
We think he’s talking about a trophy of some kind.