Newcastle ready to land England star and Championship striker

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is aiming to land attacking pair Charlie Austin and Andros Townsend as he bids to beat the drop, according to the Daily Express.

The Toon Army have endured a relatively miserable campaign so far this term, though recent wins over Liverpool and Tottenham have helped ease the pressure on the former England boss.

Goals have been a major problem for the club, scoring just 19 times, as they precariously hang two points above the drop zone.

Now, the Magpies are thought to be ready to finally firm up their interest in QPR marksman Charlie Austin, having initially baulked at his £15m asking price in the summer.

With his deal winding down in West London, the 26-year old could be a target if his price reflects his contract situation.

Meanwhile, Spurs winger Andros Townsend is also believed to be on the club’s radar heading into the New Year.

The 24-year old has lost his place at White Hart Lane and is understood to be open to the idea of leaving as he bids to land a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.