In a post on media platform Kicca, the former QPR boss suggested Tyneside would be the ideal destination for the England striker:
“A move to Newcastle would be the best one for Charlie Austin," he wrote.
“He’s 25 and he’s scored some good goals and I think Newcastle would be a good move for him and a good challenge.
“He’s a good lad and knows Steve McClaren from when Steve was at QPR and I reckon he’ll do well at Newcastle.”
Austin’s former boss was less complimentary about his chances at Stamford Bridge, however:
“He’s rumoured to be on Chelsea’s radar as well but no disrespect to him, he won’t make their starting line-up," he said.
“They only play one up front and he’s not going to replace Diego Costa.”
Newcastle and Austin seem tailor-made for each other, with the Magpies crying out for a proven Premier League goalscorer and Austin desperate for a Premier League move.
It now seems simply to be up to Newcastle to match QPR’s reported £15 million valuation, as quoted by the Daily Mail, but whether owner Mike Ashley will put his money where his mouth is remains to be seen.