A bit of a strange one that Steve McClaren has been happy to talk about and name a player who he is interested in signing.

Harry Redknapp was infamously renowned for happily unsettling other clubs’ players by openly telling the media who he was interested in.

However, to hear the Newcastle Head Coach say publicly that the club are intending to try and buy Charlie Austin, is still a surprise.

If Newcastle did land Austin, either in the January window or next summer when he is out contract, to play both he and Mitrovic would mean a very different formation to what we have seen so far.

McClaren has so far chosen to go with a 4-2-3-1 and using either Aleksandar Mitrovic or Papiss Cisse in a lone role up front.

The League Cup tie with Northampton saw Ayoze Perez do a similar job.

With the Serbian striker suspended, we all wait to see what team selection and formation Steve McClaren goes with tonight against West Ham.

The fans choice (see it HERE) was to go with both Cisse and Perez playing against the Hammers, whether the Head Coach agrees with that is another matter.

Charlie Austin has started the season as though he means business, with five Championship goals already.

He might be in the last year of his contract but any deal for him won’t come cheap as there are sure to be plenty of other clubs interested in somebody with his goalscoring pedigree.

Steve McClaren talking to the club’s preferred media partner, The Mirror:

“He (Charlie Austin) has been on Newcastle’s radar from the second half of last season and during the summer, and he will stay on the radar, definitely.

“At this present moment, I am not targeting anything at all other than trying to get this team to play how I want them to and how I can, in my mind, envision what we can do.

“We are not there yet. Until I get that, I can’t say ‘we will do this’ or ‘we will do that’. It is too early for that.”