Magpies Now In Pole Position To Sign Top Transfer Target

Newcastle will not be signing any players until we know which division we’ll be playing in next season, but there seems to be some progress  being made for the summer transfer window,  and if we can stay in the Premier League, some players could be announced fairly early this summer.

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Charlie Austin challenging Jonas Gutierrez

We needed a striker brought in last summer, which we didn’t do and now we are paying for that lack of foresight shown by the club.

But there is some good news today that we are now favorites to sign 25 year-old QPR striker Charlie Austin, who would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle and we’ve been interested in him for quite a few years now as he was coming through the lower leagues.

Charlie has had a great season for QPR, and has 17 Premier League goals in just 30 appearances this term, and  he has shown he can score in England’s highest division, and he’s scored goals at every club he’s been with.

Newcastle are listed at 10/11 odds on to sign him today, with Liverpool second favorites at 8/1 – so we may even have him locked up (so to speak), as long as we can secure safety in our final two games.

We are at QPR on Saturday and Charlie will be in the QPR side for that crucial fixture for Newcastle – and a win would probably see us safe.

£10M is the figure being reported for the 6ft 2ins  Hungerford striker, and that seems like a reasonable amount for somebody who can put the ball into the back of the net in the Premier League.

In his career over the last six years Charlie has played at Swindon Town, Burnley and QPR, and while at those clubs, he has scored 116 goals in 222 appearance – not bad at all.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Toonfan8

    May 12, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    On Sunday after match Koln – Schalke 04, two footballers were released from Schalke and thats Sidney Sam and Kevin Prince Boateng, both are very good footballers, but there has to be something with their behaviour and professionalism. But I think we were linked with Sidney Sam in past.

  • expatmag

    May 12, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    It is bollocks. Dont believe a word of it

  • Toon Tang

    May 12, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    I doubt we’re in ‘pole position’ for anything.

  • Lew Davies

    May 12, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Is this not mind games before we play QPR on Saturday ?
    A desperate attempt to stop the Lad scoring too many against us.
    Next week expect us to be linked with some west ham players

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 12, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    STAY up or go down we need leaders on the pitch. We need to buy enough quality players not skimp again. We need to try to win a cup. ASHLEY won’t do any of that..

  • lesh

    May 12, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6


    If we need anyone at all, we need to recruit a competent and visionary coach before we try to bring players in.

    A good coach’ll make recruitment easier whereas if Ashley gives the HC job to Carver, we may as well say goodbye to any hope of improving the Club.

    But Penfold’s probably done bugger all to bring a new HC in in early summer and that’ll leave us destined for the drop, possibly again, with Carver.

  • ToonMatt

    May 12, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Absolute garbage, No way on earth would Austin sign for us with us being in the state we are in, We are the biggest joke in the league! #Ashleyout!!

  • hibbit

    May 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    and pigs might fly

  • hibbit

    May 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    in pole position for the championship

  • dave 1961

    May 12, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Ashley never wanted to sell the club just another of his many lies he pretended too to get the fans off his back and it worked Ashley is a liar, he never had any intention of selling ever. he wanted to silence the protests and it worked.
    For a man desperate to sell his football club, Mike Ashley seems to be going about it in a funny way.
    The Newcastle United owner is in Dubai with chairman Derek Llambias, executive director Dennis Wise and head of recruitment Tony Jimenez, in an effort to secure a buyer.
    But attempts to double his money with an asking price of £481million have been rejected. Yesterday there were allegations that Ashley snubbed a meeting with a Dubai consortium and caused offense by drinking in
    public during Ramadan.
    These claims came as, back home, Wigan
    Athletic chairman Dave Whelan branded Ashley as unfit to run a football club and deserving of the stick he is getting.
    A photograph of Ashley allegedly drinking cocktails appeared on the Arabian Business
    website, with the claim that he had opted to head for the bar rather than a meeting with potential buyers.
    Associates of Ashley deny this but it was reported that the billionaire businessman refused to go to the meeting when he discovered they were prepared to offer only
    £200m. Ashley had asked for more than double that in documents handed to
    representatives of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al- Maktoum.
    A Dubai group indicated they would offer considerably less but a meeting
    was nevertheless set up at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel. While Ashley’s
    camp claim Jimenez attended as Newcastle’s representative, Arabian Business described Ashley’s decision to go drinking with Wise and
    Llambias as a snub.
    So far, attempts to stir up interest in Dubai
    are floundering. Last night, a statement from Dubai Investment Group read: ‘Following incorrect media speculation about Newcastle Football Club, Dubai Investment Group can confirm that it is not involved in any
    negotiations to buy Newcastle Football Club, nor does it plan to do so in the future.’
    A spokesman for Dubai Sports City said much the same, insisting the three businessmen who privately own the $40billion development are ‘not interested’ either. Zabeel Investments, owned by Al-Maktoum, appear to have left the door slightly ajar even though chairman Mohammed Ali Al-Hashimi insisted he has had no direct contact with Newcastle or their representatives. ‘We have not had any contact and I am not interested in any English Premier League club right now,’
    he told Arabian Business. One City source criticized Ashley and said: ‘What he’s reported to be doing in the Middle East sounds like Loony Tunes to me – sheer lunacy. It’s all unbelievable. Had it not been for Ashley, a deal could have been done by now, ‘Plus, that starting price was ridiculous. They just won’t do business in Dubai with such an inflated price. It was simply a plain stupid move and who knows what this guy will do next.’
    Ashley has turned for help to Keith Harris, the former Football League chairman who secured the deals that saw Icelanders take over West Ham, Randy Lerner buy Aston Villa and Thaksin Shinawatra take charge of Manchester City. Whelan added to the
    criticism of Ashley yesterday and said: ‘I know Mike Ashley quite well because I was running JJB when he was with Sports Direct, and he is a bit unusual.
    He is a very good retailer, but at managing a
    football club, no. ‘Especially with him being a Tottenham supporter and then going up to Newcastle, a club that is a different kettle of fish to most in the land.
    ‘The fans up there eat, breathe and live for
    one thing, and that is Newcastle United. Unless you put your whole heart into it, they will give you some stick. He has got it and he deserves it.’
    Newcastle were unavailable comment last night.

  • Phil K

    May 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Yeah, we’ve heard all this before. COUNTLESS times. I’ll believe it WHEN it happens and it probably won’t as we’ll be lumbered with a 10th rate manager. Even a 100th rate if Carver is given the chance to get a record Premier League LOW points in relegation

  • lochinvar

    May 12, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Well Ings is off to Liverpool as a bench warmer according to the morning tabloids so thats one less to be linked with.

    If Austin ( who I believe to be of sound mind ) is to consider any offer to join us apart from the embracing fresh air of the north east and intelligent population ( unlike the smog and ignorami of London ) then he and everyone else should be given a written guarantee of :

    1. Who the NEW Manager is
    2. Who the NEW Coaching team are
    3. Which other aspirational and internationally minded players are joining us
    4. The ball boys/girls will be older next year so as to ensure that the team get the ball back quickly into play without hanging around like they do now
    5. The tannoy system in the ground is fixed

    6. The tea lady is brought back and given the catering franchise
    7. No more stupid kids games at half time on the pitch ( this is not the NFL , sorry Ed ! )
    8. Plans are in hand for the development of the Gallowgate stand area and that we can still build there in the future to make the Cathedral on the hill even more iconic
    9. Advertising hordings will be sold to the highest bidders and that revenue generated will benefit NUFC and not Sports Direct
    10. Strip designs and colours will be professional, sporting and reflect the club’s status as a top club

    11. There will be a NEW shirt sponsor by a global world class brand
    12. Club captain will make his mouth go on the pitch to ensure players understand who and what they are playing for….

    13. At half time the big screen shows calming images of tropical fish swimming – these will be of course ( and I kid you not ) the impressive looking ” THREE STRIPE DAMSELFISH ” ( sponsored by Adidas ? ) or “DASCYLLUS ARUANUS ” to give then their scientific name !

    Did I miss anything ?

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 12, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    How many times have we heard that one before Ed?

    Besides I prefer Danny Ings

  • NOVA2967

    May 12, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14

    The pole is in position…

  • NOVA2967

    May 12, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15

    I think he would come. We somehow can still draw players with a good punch line. States that he needs pace next to him because he is slow… Danny Ings?
    Please sign some english player…. funny we get Lascelles and everyone is talking about Gomez being the best young english CB…. doubt both will be astute


    May 12, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Is the Pole before the line , or over the line ?.

  • caine30191954

    May 13, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #17

    That’s paul dummet btw


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