Harry Redknapp uses Danny Ings to suggest problem for Newcastle over Charlie Austin

Former QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he doesn't know what his old club have planned with regards to Charlie Austin.

Former QPR boss Harry Redknapp told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT has cast doubt over Newcastle United signing England striker Charlie Austin from his old club.

The Chronicle has reported that Newcastle are one of the interested parties in signing the forward, as Steve McClaren looks to revitalise the club’s attack next season.

However, despite significant interest in Austin from various clubs, Redknapp suggested on talkSPORT that the player could still stay where he is ahead of next season.

“Charlie’s a little bit in that mould (a Newcastle number nine). He’s got a good attitude, he works hard and he scores his goals – I don’t know what Tony’s (Fernandes) got planned, whether he wants to keep him like Ings and let him run out that final year,” he said.

What’s the issue for Newcastle?

Newcastle have decent resources to back themselves up in the transfer market over the summer and they can be competitive against any team interested in Austin.

What the Chronicle suggests Newcastle are battling against, is the opportunity for the player to stay in London.

Is there a realistic chance QPR could keep him?

There is because he’s under contract with the Championship club.

However, it’s doubtful whether Tony Fernandes will want to pass up the opportunity to make good money on the player considering the current status of QPR in the second flight of English football.

The best approach for Newcastle

If Austin is a player that McClaren truly wants, the Magpies have to nail their colours to the mast and make their best possible offer.

Newcastle are a massive club presenting the opportunity for Austin to lead an attack in the Premier League.

If they make their best offer and the player still wants to move on, there’s not a great deal more the Magpies can do.

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