Newcastle head the queue for Burnley star

Burnley striker Charlie AustinBurnley forward Charlie Austin has been heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United.

It appears that both Newcastle and Aston Villa are set to go head to head in a bid to snap up the striker’s signature.

The former Swindon centre forward has been in prolific form this season scoring 12 goals in 9 appearances and has a formidable record of 37 goals in 65 outings for Burnley.

It is remarkable that despite these goals, the club are languishing in 16th place in the Championship table and with no promotion bid on the cards, the striker could be lured to the Premier League in January.

The 23-year-old has been in red hot form at the start of the season, and with goals a precious commodity in the top flight, a mooted £4million fee could represent real value for money for interested clubs.

The marksman has been on the Magpies’ radar before, but the club will have to overcome the obstacle of a chairman reluctant to sell this time round if they are to secure the player’s signature.

The Clarets’ Co- Chairman John Banaszkiewicz issued a hands-off warning when speaking to Sky Sports.

“We would very much like to keep him at Burnley. He seems to be very focused on scoring goals for us,” he said.

Whether the chairman will have the same resolve when offers start to come in remains to be seen. If the striker were to move to Newcastle in January, he would face an immediate fight for his place with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse set to remain at the club in January.