The Chronicle has reported that Newcastle United are closing in on a deal to sign Charlie Austin from QPR.
The Magpies are thought to be leading the race to sign the striker from the recently relegated club, with Steve McClaren’s confirmation as Newcastle boss reportedly speeding up the process.
The paper claims that Newcastle are Austin’s preferred choice and he could find it difficult to turn down the opportunity to join a Premier League club over spending another season battling in the Championship.
The paper also claims that Lee Charnley is the man who will be tasked with brokering a deal between all parties, with McClaren keen to get the deal done and dusted.
Austin certainly has the right characteristics to come into the Newcastle United squad and be effective.
He’s a strong, physical type of player who knows how to hit the back of the net frequently, if provided with decent service from the midfield.
He’s capable of playing up front in his own as a target man, but he’s also intelligent enough to be able to fit into a two man attacking style.
QPR effectively don’t have a choice if the player has made it clear that he wants to move on and it’s better for them to sell up, rather than forcing an unmotivated player to stay.