Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren seems to rule club out of the running for Charlie Austin

Steve McClaren

The Toon boss has made it clear he is happy with his striking options.

QPR striker Charlie Austin has been one of the merry go round strikers of this summer’s rumour mill.

The goal machine, who impressed in his debut campaign in the Premier League last term, has been linked with the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace, West Brom, Chelsea and Bournemouth – whilst Newcastle United are also one team who have been heavily linked with the player.

However Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has given the clearest indication yet that he will not be making a move for Austin, or any other striker.

He told the press today, as reported by The Shields Gazette, that he is happy with his attacking options:

“I am happy with that (striking options).

“Papiss (Cisse) will always score goals.

“(Aleksandar) Mitrovic has to get used to the Premier League – he is doing that.

“I thought he was excellent at Old Trafford, grew into the game; Ayoze (Perez) played up front in midweek on his own.

“We have got (Emmanuele) Riviere, who is coming back from injury, so we have enough in that position.”

Austin, who scored 18 goals in 36 appearances for QPR last season, has already managed to net four goals in his first four games of the new campaign so is surely bound to have more suitors before the transfer window slams shut on Tuesday evening.

It is widely reported, including by The Mirror, that QPR have a £15 million valuation for the player that they are refusing to budge from.

Newcastle however, who have already snapped up Aleksander Mitrovic from Anderlecht this summer, seem to be well stocked in the attacking department and Austin is no longer on the shortlist at St James Park.

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