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.
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.