Rob Lee says it is essential that Newcastle United sign more players in this transfer window, if they are to have any hope of competing.

The former United star is impressed by the three signings made so far but is worried that now everything has gone a bit quiet.

The signing that Lee believes would be a ‘great signing’ is Charlie Austin, saying it would be a ‘big blow’ if he goes elsewhere.

This past weekend saw more speculation linking Newcastle with the striker, when he wasn’t involved in their match day squad against Atalanta in a friendly.

However, Austin himself used his own Twitter account to explain that the only reason he was missing was due to an injury preventing him training for most of the previous week, with the forward only returning to action two days before that pre season game.

Rob Lee writing on Kicca:

“Newcastle have made a few impressive signings in the last few weeks but it has now all gone a bit quiet.

“I hope the club bosses haven’t decided to close their chequebook because they still need to sign several more players to be able to compete once more in the Premier League.”

It would be a big blow for Newcastle:

“I’ve been saying all along that Charlie Austin would be a great signing for the club, but if they do bid for him they must get him.

“If he goes elsewhere then that will be a big blow for the club.”