Report: Newcastle plan negotiations to sign Charlie Austin, striker interested in Magpies transfer

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Newcastle are pressing ahead with a move to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle will hold further negotiations with Queens Park Rangers over a deal to sign striker Charlie Austin.

The Magpies have already snapped up three new signings in Chancel Mbemba, Georginio WIjnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic, but new manager Steve McClaren unsurprisingly wants more ahead of the new season.

Newcastle struggled to find the back of the net last season, and whilst Serbian international Mitrovic should help rectify that problem given his record in Belgium with Anderlecht, McClaren seemingly has his eye on one more centre forward.

The Chronicle report that McClaren has made it clear that he wants to bring Charlie Austin to St. James' Park, having worked with the QPR hitman during his time as a coach at Loftus Road.

The 26-year-old hit 18 goals last season, but couldn't keep QPR in the top flight - and after that impressive goal return, it's no surprise that clubs are looking to bring him straight back to the Premier League.

However, the report states that Newcastle are looking to win the race for Austin, and will hold further talks with QPR over a deal this week, with Austin keen to make the move to Tyneside.

Austin's goal return last season would suggest that he can become a success at Newcastle, though some fans may be concerned that he and Mitrovic are too similar to play together.

Both players are penalty box predators, and can hold the ball up with their back to goal, using their strength to fend off defenders - but neither are going to win many foot races, and thrive on crosses into the box - something manager McClaren must be aware of if he plans to play the two strikers together, should he land Austin before the transfer deadline.

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