The Mirror is reporting that the quest to sign our number one transfer target Charlie Austin is going to be successful and Newcastle have beaten out other Premier League sides in getting the QPR striker to agree to sign for Newcastle.
Charlie Austin – to sign for Newcastle
Simon Bird is the Mirror reporter (famous for being the one on the end of that foul-mouthed tirade by Joe Kinnear back in 2008) and he was given access to Steve McClaren for an exclusive interview yesterday.
We suppose the Mirror could have some inside information from Newcastle that the Austin deal will be completed, and indeed Newcastle are also going after West Brom striker Saido Berahino – according to the Mirror report.
There have been reports in the last couple of days that Newcastle are favorites to sign Austin, and they have come from QPR sources, so the Mirror report is not out of line with those reports.
If we can get the 25 year-old striker over the line it would be a terrific signing for the Magpies, and it would be an early success for the club.
Austin scored a great 18 goals in 35 appearances for QPR last season and he looks like a goal-scoring machine and an excellent candidate to wear the number 9 shirt on Tyneside.
If Newcastle do sign Austin we think that our current number 9 Papiss Cisse will be allowed to move on this summer.
The Mirror report is exclusive so we hope they are right, but as far as getting Saido Berahino. to Newcastle – that will be very difficult.
But it would be a major breakthrough and success for Newcastle if we beat other top Premier League clubs to Austin, and it will show Newcastle are determined to strengthen the squad big time this summer.
And of course we need to do exactly that.