Charlie Austin has responded to the speculation linking him with Newcastle and a number of other clubs.

The striker stating that he will be doing his best to keep QPR up this season but will then sit down with his agent and talk about what he should do next.

Charlie Austin:

“I’ve got to score as many goals as I can and work as hard as I can to keep QPR in the league.

“After the season, I’ll sit down with my agent David Threlfall and the football club to discuss the future.”

Newcastle have been regularly linked with Austin, as well as a host of other forwards of course.

After the abject failure of trying to buy goals on the cheap from abroad in the shape of Emmanuel Riviere (and world hide and seek champion Facundo Ferreyra), the penny has surely dropped with Mike Ashley that he can’t take the same risk next season.

There is no such transfer as a sure thing but Newcastle must invest in strikers this summer with a credible goalscoring record, ideally at Premier League level.

Previous reports about Austin have suggested Newcastle could get him for around £10m.

This is surely pie in the sky because every club is looking for goals and Charlie Austin’s profile/value has rocketed now that he’s shown he can score goals at the top level.

His 17 goals in 31 Premier League games for a struggling team have rubber stamped his credentials.

59 goals in 98 Championship starts over 3 seasons had suggested he had the ability, now he’s added PL goals he is a valuable commodity who will be worth well over £10m.

As always, the question is whether Mike Ashley will accept that to get ‘guaranteed’ goals you need to make a proper investment.