Why signing QPR's Charlie Austin is an absolute no brainer for Newcastle United

Newcastle United are expected to step up their attempts to sign QPR's Charlie Austin.

According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United are set for further talks with Queens Park Rangers this week over Charlie Austin.

It is believed that Austin is open to the transfer to St James’ Park with personal demands or the prospect of a move north not an issue for the 26-year-old striker.

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has made it clear to his board that Austin is the man he wants to bolster his attack, and understandably so.

In fact, signing the England international is an absolute no brainer for the Magpies this summer.

Not only is Austin thought to be willing to make the switch to Newcastle, by now it is common knowledge that he is available for a fee of £15 million; a very low price to pay for a striker capable of scoring 15 goals every season - with ease. 

He scored 18 goals in 35 appearances for a team that were ultimately destined to relegation last term, while he created a further 23 chances, assisting five goals. 

This saw him contribute directly to an incredible 43% of QPR's total goal output, making him the English top flight's most influential player for his respective club, ahead of Aston Villa's Christian Benteke (42%) and West Brom's Saido Berahino (37%).

Nonetheless, it is not only at Loftus Road where he has scored goals regularly, as his glistening career record shows.

Indeed, he netted an impressive 82 goals in 155 games throughout his time at both Swindon and Burnley. 

For £15 million, the Magpies would acquire a prolific goal-getter, who, at 26 years of age, continues to defy expectations. 

A player who is nearing his peak, while being desperate to impress ahead of the upcoming 2016 European Championships in France, Austin would be some signing for the St. James' Park outfit. 

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