Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is mulling over a £10 million pound bid to secure the signature of Hoops hit-man Charlie Austin.
The former Burnley front-man has bagged 17 in 30 appearances for a QPR side whom have struggled from day 1 in the Premier League. Goals win you games and the London club have relied heavily on Austin’s goals to give them a chance for surrvival. But with an England cap looming and ‘big’ clubs sniffing around Austin’s head will no doubt be turned.
Now reports today arose suggesting is Newcastle United’s number 1 target this summer and the Toon hierarchy will splash the cash not just for reasons on the field but in a bid to also secure the signature of Derby boss Steve McClaren.
The signing of Austin is to be used as a sweetener to show McClaren what Newcastle United are capable of and the assets which he will be able to get his hands on. The figure firstly touted was in the ballpark of £10 million , for a 25 year old English born striker the price is likely to be much higher than that.
Newcastles record transfer fee was £16 million for Alan Shearer, in Mike Ashleys tenure at Newcastle the closest hes cane to that number was the £10.9 million signing of Fabricio Collocini.
Now Ashley looks set to attempt to buy the hearts of the Newcastle fans in what has been described as their ‘Biggest summer to date’. If breaking the bank to sign Austin also secures the signature of one of the best English coaches out there then McClaren and Austin are sure to be a match made in Heaven.