The Northern Echo has reported the possible reason why Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren hasn’t already made a move for striker Charlie Austin.
Austin is a target for the club according to the paper, but the source suggests that McClaren wants to wait and see how Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba fit into his side.
Austin would be a very good signing for the club following his positive impact with QPR last season, but the now Championship side are playing hard ball over his price and are holding out for a fee of around £15 million.
Will Newcastle miss out on their man?
Austin doesn’t seem to be in any rush to jump into a move.
He seems to be sitting back and letting the transfer window roll along, in the knowledge that sooner or later a big club will have to make a move as the deadline approaches.
Clubs tend to pay asking prices and snap up players late into a transfer window because they risk losing out and giving themselves a problem for half a season if they don’t act.
Whether that will be the case with Newcastle is doubtful considering they have already brought in some new attacking talent. However, the newspaper suggests they are still keen but only if the right deal can be worked out with QPR.