Report: Newcastle monitoring Charlie Austin's situation, asking price may decrease in January

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Newcastle are still reportedly keen on Charlie Austin.

According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United are continuing to monitor Charlie Austin's situation - and QPR may end up lowering the asking price for the striker.

The Magpies strengthened their attacking options over the summer by signing Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht, whilst playmakers Georginio Wijnaldum and Florian Thauvin were also added to give Newcastle more of a goal threat.

So far though, that hasn't been the case. Newcastle have scored just two goals in the Premier League this season, and both of those came on the opening day of the campaign against Southampton.

With Mitrovic enduring disciplinary problems, manager Steve McClaren may look for more attacking reinforcements when the transfer window re-opens in January - and a familiar name may still be a target.

QPR's Charlie Austin was continually linked with a move to St. James' Park throughout the summer, but no move materialised for the 26-year-old hitman, who smashed 18 goals in the top flight last season as QPR suffered immediate relegation back to the Championship.

Austin's contract expires next summer, and many still expect him to finally make the move to the Premier League, with The Chronicle reporting that Newcastle are still monitoring Austin's situation ahead of the January transfer window.

It's also stated that QPR may lower the asking price on Austin's head in the New Year, with the R's knowing that Austin can move on for free at the end of the season.

Austin proved himself in the Premier League last season, displaying that he could be a regular goalscorer in the top flight - and whilst Mitrovic appears to be a high risk-high reward striker, Austin would give Newcastle a consistent threat - and based on last season, a regular, dependable source of goals.

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