SkyBet suspend betting on Charlie Austin moving to Newcastle United

The Queens Park Rangers striker has long been linked to St James's Park, but the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace were also said to be interested.

After months of speculation regarding his future, it looks likes QPR striker Charlie Austin may be heading to Newcastle United, if the Sky betting markets are anything to go by.

SkyBet suspended bets on the future of the 26-year-old according to Sky Sports, after a flurry of interest brought the odds of him signing for Newcastle to as low as 1/10, with Austin just 20/1 to remain at Loftus Road next season.

That puts a dampener on a whole host of side's hopes of recruiting the former Burnley man, with West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace just some of the other sides linked to the player according to the Evening Standard. Both London clubs were particularly keen on keeping the player in London, but it looks like Austin has chosen to sign for the Magpies after scoring 18 goals in 35 Premier League games last season.

That Austin managed that many strikes for a team that finished bottom of the league says a lot about his goalscoring ability, and Roy Hodgson rewarded the forward with an England call-up this summer, even though the player failed to win his first cap.

And it looks like Austin may be set to continue his time in the Premier League at St James's Park, having impressed so much in his debut campaign, while Newcastle United will be delighted to finally bring in some genuine goal threat, proven in the top flight, to improve a frontline that struggled last season.

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