Report: Newcastle haggling over fee for Charlie Austin, deal still expected

Newcastle are reportedly only willing to pay £10m for QPR striker Charlie Austin.

According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United are haggling over a fee for QPR striker Charlie Austin - and are only willing to pay £10m.

The Magpies appointed Steve McClaren as their new manager earlier this week, with the former Derby County boss now charged with the task of taking Newcastle back up the Premier League table having narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship last month.

McClaren now needs to improve his squad, and whilst virtually ever position needs an overhaul, the ex-England manager should be bringing in a new striker. Last summer's signing Emmanuel Rivieire and Facundo Ferreyra flopped this past season, so more firepower is certainly needed.

The Daily Mirror believe that Newcastle's top target is QPR's Charlie Austin, who hit 18 goals for the R's last season - but couldn't keep them in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old now has England aspirations and is out of contact in a year's time, so it seems inconceivable that he will stay at Loftus Road, with Newcastle desperate to bring him to Tyneside.

However, the Mirror note that Newcastle are haggling with QPR because they only want to pay £10m, whereas QPR want £15m, with some negotiating still to go.

They do though add that Austin is still likely become McClaren's first Newcastle signing next week, suggesting that any differences between the two clubs should be ironed out in the coming days.

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