Lee Bowyer says Newcastle are a better option for Charlie Austin than West Ham

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The ex-midfielder has been talking about the reported Newcastle United and West Ham United target.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Lee Bowyer has been speaking to Talk Sport about the prospect of Charlie Austin leaving Queens Park Rangers this summer, and he believes the 26-year-old is better suited to the Magpies then his other alleged suitors West Ham United, with both clubs having recently been linked by the Daily Mail.

Austin scored 18 goals in 35 Premier League matches last season and with QPR now in the second tier and with just a year remaining on his current contract there is a strong chance he will move on before the transfer window closes.

Both the Hammers and the Magpies would benefit from having Austin in their squad, but Bowyer told Talk Sport it is Newcastle where the prolific front-man should head.

“I think he would be better suited up in Newcastle,” Bowyer said. “West Ham have got a couple of forwards already. They have got big Andy Carroll, they have got (Diafra) Sakho who scored a few goals last season.

“Newcastle I can’t think of any of their strikers but (Papiss) Cisse and he wants to leave. He (Austin) would be loved up at Newcastle. They are great fans and he should hit the ground running if he decides to go there.”

Bowyer may have forgotten to mention Newcastle’s newest striking addition Aleksandar Mitrovic, whose previous form for Anderlecht suggests he could be a future St James’ Park hero, but there is no doubt Austin would be a brilliant signing for Steve McClaren’s side.

Mitrovic is only 20 and there is no guarantee he will settle quickly in his new surroundings. If he does, there could be fireworks, but otherwise Newcastle fans may have to be patient.

But pair him with Austin and there would be guaranteed goals from the outset; the question is: Who will ultimately pay the price QPR want for their crown jewel?

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