10 Strikers Who Newcastle Should Sign Instead Of Charlie Austin

Forget about that guy with the temperamental shoulder and start aiming higher...

What's that I can see in the distance? Wait, it's getting closer. I can almost make it out. Oh, don't worry it's just another Charlie Austin to Newcastle United rumour. Apparently, Newcastle United are expected to make a £13.25 million bid for the Queens Park Rangers striker.

Yawn. It's time for the Magpies to forget about that Premier League one-hit-wonder (who's asking for £85,000 a week) and concentrate on some real strikers. Look, Austin scored 18 Premier League goals last season - but that doesn't mean he's going to be the next Geordie Messiah. He's not about to pull off a cartwheel-followed-by-three-air-body-shots celebration, or volley the ball into the top corner against Everton wearing black Umbro boots. Why not? Well, because Austin is a bottom-three striker and Newcastle United, under Steve McClaren (procurer of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum), are destined for far-more luxurious places than that Sunderland-filled cesspit. If the 26-year-old remains at QPR, sulkily nursing his dodgy shoulder, then he would be doing himself a favour. He could score loads of goals, celebrate plenty of times with Clint Hill and receive over-stated praise from Robbie Savage and Paddy Power. Meanwhile, Newcastle United, having signed one of these genuinely worthy £15 million targets, will be scoring their way into the Europa League spots. So here's 10 players they should target ahead of Austin...

NCTJ-accredited football writer with an MA in Sports Journalism. What Culture football editor. Write for the official Newcastle United programme. Former video reporter at North News. Featured and published in the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette, Mail Online, The Mirror, The Sun and others.