Newcastle United summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic suggests he would welcome the arrival of Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin at St. James' Park.
Austin, who is widely expected to leave the Hoops following their relegation from the Premier League, has been heavily-linked with a move to the Magpies by the likes of the Chronicle, and Mitrovic says would relish the competition provided by the 26-year-old.
Speaking to the Chronicle, the Serbian front-man said: “Of course I will welcome the challenge if another striker comes in."
“We need quality strikers and quality players.
“Austin scored 18 goals for his team last year and if he came he would be very welcome.”
Mitrovic netted on 20 occasions in 37 appearances as Belgian outfit Anderlecht finished third in the Pro League last term.
The 20-year-old Serbia international will be hoping to replicate the same goalscoring form for Newcastle United; the club that presented the 'best option' following his impressive previous domestic campaign.
With Premier League centre-backs set to tussle with the prolific youngster, Mitrovic also warned that he is ready for the battles that lie in wait.
He told the Chronicle: “I have no direct message to them (top flight defenders) – but they are going to kick me.
“They are going to kick me from the very first minute.
“And of course, I will kick them back! This is normal for me.
“They will know all about me.”
Mitrovic is clearly confident of handling himself ahead of his Premier League debut, which is likely to come against Southampton on the opening weekend of the season.
Like all of the top flight's new arrivals, the Serbian will be hoping to kick-start competitive life in England in the perfect manner; with a goal or two against Ronald Koeman's side.