The QPR forward remains on Steve McClaren's radar of according to reports.
And though the two clubs are said to be continuing to discuss a transfer fee for the player, with the Hoops wanting at least £15 million according to comments that emerged from manager Chris Ramsey recently, as highlighted by ESPN, what Steve McClaren and Newcastle are really concerned about is a reported shoulder injury that could jeopardise the move and make the Magpies even more reluctant to pay QPR's asking price.
There is little doubt about Austin's quality, with the England squad member scoring 18 Premier League goals in his debut season in the top flight.
But the Mail do say that, though the player is open to a move and has been involved in preseason games, the deal could hinge on the former Burnley and Swindon Town man's shoulder. In order to establish that the injury isn't an ongoing problem for the 26-year-old, Newcastle have already arranged for some checkups on Austin's shoulder in the near future.
The report goes on to say that Steve McClaren is eager to go with a striking pair at St James's Park next season, and sees Austin as the man to partner Serbian star Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Everyone will be hoping for favourable results from Newcastle's evaluation of the player's shoulder, which could then push a transfer forwards.