Charlie Austin capture would show Newcastle ambition, says Rob Lee

The QPR forward has been linked with a move and Lee is enthusiastic about the prospect.

Rob Lee says signing QPR forward Charlie Austin would show Newcastle fans that the owners have ambition, via Kicca.

The forward was in fine form in his first season in the Premier League, finishing as the second highest scoring Englishman in the league, scoring 18 goals in 35 appearances.

Following relegation back to the Championship though, he has been linked with a move to several clubs with Newcastle thought to be chief among them. And Lee says securing him would show the fans that the owners have ambition, but he fears Austin may slip through the net.

“Charlie Austin would be a good signing for Newcastle, but I fear he might slip through the net,” he wrote on Kicca.

“Lots of clubs have been linked to Austin because he had such a good season last year, but none bigger than Newcastle. If they could sign him it would prove to the loyal fans, and other potential signings, that the owners have got ambition.”

A good signing for Newcastle

There’s no denying that Austin would be a good signing for Newcastle, who are in desperate need of a proven goalscorer in their side.

While they currently have Papiss Cisse he has proved inconsistent, with fine runs of form tempered by long droughts without a goal. Indeed, last season they were forced to rely on youngster Ayoze Perez, who impressed but isn’t yet ready to be first choice.

Austin then, would come into St James Park and instantly command a first team spot. It would also give a boost to new manager Steve McLaren ahead of the new season, as he looks to impress early on.

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