Newcastle are still interested in signing Austin, who is also wanted by West Ham, West Brom and Aston Villa.
Black and McClaren both worked with Austin at QPR, where the striker currently plays, with Black especially seen as a key part of his success. Having impressed so much in the Premier League, Austin worked closely with Black, who left Loftus Road to move to Newcastle after McClaren’s appointment as head coach.
The 25-year-old has a £15 million price tag on his head, according to the Chronicle report, and has been the centre of a transfer struggle this summer. The Magpies are just one of many teams chasing him, with many of their Premier League rivals wanting to sign the 18-goal striker.
There are no indications as to which club Austin would prefer to move to, but it is clear that Newcastle are going all out to sign him.
The personnel influence could be key for the Magpies, and the Tyneside club are hoping to see Austin choose St James’ Park so he links up with two men key to his development as a top level striker.