Harry Redknapp feels Newcastle move would be best for QPR striker Charlie Austin

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The Queens Park Rangers forward has been linked with several Premier League clubs.

Charlie Austin’s departure from QPR seems inevitable after the 18-goal man previously described himself as a Premier League player, in an interview with the Daily Star.

He has been linked with Newcastle United, Southampton and Chelsea among others in recent weeks, by the likes of the Express, but Harry Redknapp has suggested where might be best for him.

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.

The move has been endorsed by club legend Alan Shearer on Twitter and there was even talk of the iconic number 9 shirt being offered as an incentive by the Daily Mail.

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.

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