Newcastle are ready to make a £13.25m bid for Queens Park Rangers’s Charlie Austin if they receive assurances over the player’s temperamental shoulder.
But the Magpies are not prepared to meet QPR’s £15m asking price and hope their current bid will lure him to St James’ Park.
Newcastle boss Steven McClaren is looking to grant the striker’s wish to move to the club with the aim of pairing the England international with new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Austin was intrinsic to QPR’s survival last season and scored 18 goals for the club. He joined Rangers in 2013 scoring 35 times from 66 appearances.
His performances at the London club have caught the eye of numerous clubs including Tottenham, Chelsea, and Leicester City who had a recent £12m bid for the striker rejected.
The £13.25m offer proposed by Newcastle is more than double the figure QPR paid Burnley for the highly-rated striker.
But McClaren has emphasised that Austin will undergo an extensive medical examination given his history of shoulder injuries. The former non-league forward has suffered three dislocations throughout his career.
If Austin moves to Newcastle the striker would mark the club’s fourth signing of the summer.
The Magpies brought in Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum for £14.5m and are set to announce their £8.5m signing of Chancel Mbemba on Thursday when the DR Congo defender is expected to receive his work permit.Reuse content