Rob Lee suggests potential difficulty for Newcastle in signing Charlie Austin

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Former Newcastle United star Rob Lee doesn't feel confident the club will complete a deal for Charlie Austin simply.

Former Newcastle United player Rob Lee told talkSPORT that he feels his old club will have to lower their expectations in the transfer market.

Lee was asked about the possibility of the Magpies signing Charlie Austin from QPR, with the Daily Express among the sources mentioning the North East club as an interested party.

He feels that the landscape has shifted in terms of the pulling power Newcastle possess in the transfer market.

“If you’d asked before whether he wants to join Newcastle or Crystal Palace, it was obvious but now I’m not so sure – They have high expectations, but that’s football,” he said.

Austin would be a very good signing for Newcastle, because of his style as a striker and he’s someone Newcastle boss Steve McClaren could build his side around.

Whether Newcastle are aiming too high with a player of Austin’s calibre is open to debate, but it would be a sorry state of affairs for the Magpies if they couldn’t convince a player to move from a recently relegated club.

It’s vital that McClaren is backed in the transfer market and it’s vital that he’s realistic with the transfer targets he looks to go after.

He’s got to work hard to get business done early because pre-season will soon be hanging over the head of the side as McClaren looks ahead to the return of the competitive action in August.

Austin would make the squad at Newcastle better, but whether they can get a deal done, Lee’s not so sure.

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