McClaren confirms Newcastle are targeting Charlie Austin after long-term pursuit

Steve McClaren

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has confirmed his interest in signing QPR striker Charlie Austin.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has told the Daily Mirror that Charlie Austin has been on the Magpies' radar for some time now - and he will remain a target for the foreseeable future.

McClaren splashed the cash in his first summer as Newcastle boss, bringing in Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum, Florian Thauvin and Aleksandar Mitrovic - but more may be needed in January.

The Magpies have yet to win so far this season, and whilst they have the chance to end that winless run against West Ham United tonight, the need for goals is evident.

In four games so far this term, Newcastle have scored just twice, with both goals coming in the opening day draw against Southampton.

Serbian international Mitrovic has yet to hit the ground running due to a number of disciplinary problems, and another striker could be targeted in January.

Now, McClaren has confirmed to the Daily Mirror that QPR striker Charlie Austin - who hit 18 goals in the Premier League last term - is a long-term target for Newcastle, and will continue to be on the radar ahead of the January transfer window. 

"He has been on Newcastle’s radar from the second half of last season and during the summer, and he will stay on the radar, definitely," said McClaren.

Given that Austin's contract expires next summer, Newcastle may be able to sign the 26-year-old goal machine for a knockdown price in January, with QPR no doubt preferring to sell him rather than lose him for free.

Having proven himself in the Premier League last season, Austin may be ideal for Newcastle as they desperately look for a consistent source of goals - something Austin has been throughout his career from non-league all the way up to the top flight.

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