Newcastle to bid £15 million for Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin in the next 48 hours amid Leicester interest

The striker has been the subject of plenty of Premier League attention this summer, and Newcastle now look set to sure up their interest.

Newcastle United will launch their first official bid for sought-after Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin in the next 48 hours, according to the Daily Mail.

The Magpies are believed to have been forced into stepping up their pursuit after it emerged that Leicester City would return with an improved offer on the £12 million that was rejected last week - as reported by the BBC.

Austin is said to prefer a move to a more established Premier League team, however, and Newcastle appear to have finally been prompted into action.

The latest reports come after betting was suspended on Newcastle being the 25-year old’s next club - as per the Shields Gazette - fuelling rumours that a deal is in the offing.

The QPR man has been linked with a Tyneside move all summer and for many fans is the key piece of business Steve McClaren must get done.

Georginio Wijnaldum was a great first signing for Newcastle, but Austin would be an even bigger coup.

The striker is a proven Premier League goal-scorer and would provide the Magpies with vital support in arguably the weakest area of their squad.

McClaren will be hopeful a deal can get pushed through quickly - with several Premier League clubs still interested - and if it can, his vision for this Newcastle team will start to really to take shape.

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