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Newcastle still targeting QPR striker Austin

Charlie Austin could still move in January. Credit: PA

QPR striker Charlie Austin remains on Newcastle's radar as the club continues to plan its three-transfer-window recruitment strategy.

The Magpies monitored Austin's situation throughout the summer as it appeared his days at Loftus Road were numbered in the wake of QPR's relegation from the top flight.

Asked about Austin, head coach Steve McClaren said: "He 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."

Former England goalkeeper dies aged 80

Ron Springett earned 33 international caps. Credit: PA

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Ron Springett has died aged 80, former club Sheffield Wednesday have said.

The Owls said Springett, who made 384 appearances in their colours, had passed after a short illness.

While he did not win any of his 33 England caps during the 1966 World Cup, the Londoner was one of the squad members given a medal in 2009 after FIFA introduced a rule to reward all members of World Cup-winning squads.

Prior to the 1966 World Cup, Springett had been England's first-choice at the 1962 tournament in Chile.


QPR pay tribute to club legend Stan Bowles

Bowles is considered QPR's greatest ever player. Credit: PA

QPR have dedicated today's Championship match against Rotherham to club legend Stan Bowles, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Bowles will attend the match with family and friends, while the club are also encouraging supporters to support the Alzheimer's society and a fund which has been set up after Bowles' diagnosis.

He was the star of what is widely considered to be QPR's greatest ever team in 1975/76, when the Super Hoops finished one point behind Division One champions Liverpool.

Bowles, who scored 97 league goals for the West London side in 315 league appearances, will walk onto the Loftus Road pitch today 15 minutes before kick-off.

QPR striker hits back at West Ham co-chairman claims

Charlie Austin was not happy with David Sullivan. Credit: PA

Charlie Austin has issued a response to West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan over claims the QPR striker is an injury risk.

Sullivan stated that Austin had 'no knee ligaments', which was the reason West Ham would not be signing the striker.

In a statement published on Twitter, Austin says he was left with no choice but to defend himself against the claims.

QPR sign goalkeeper Alex Smithies from Huddersfield

Smithies has left Huddersfield after 15 years at the club. Credit: PA

QPR have completed the £1.5m signing of goalkeeper Alex Smithies from Huddersfield on a three-year deal.

The 25 year-old has made 247 league appearances at Huddersfield having joined the club initially as part of the youth set-up in 2000.

He will challenge Rob Green for a starting berth at Loftus Road and may even find himself playing regularly sooner rather than later with Green heavily linked to his former club, West Ham, this week.


Charlton too good for relegated QPR

Morgan Fox got the second. Credit: PA

Charlton pair Tony Watt and Morgan Fox ensured QPR crashed to a 2-0 defeat on their return to the Championship.

The visitors, relegated from the Premier League, found life difficult back in the second tier and were outwitted in their opening-day London derby.

Substitute Watt made an instant impact by scoring just seven minutes following his introduction at the start of the second half. And Fox scored his first Addicks goal to kill off QPR for good on a poor afternoon for Chris Ramsey's side at The Valley.

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