Newcastle’s Top Transfer Target In Big Demand

Maybe the best chance we have of getting a decent striker through the door this summer is QPR’s Charlie Austin, although there will be a number of top clubs after the Hungerford-born player,  who hit 18 Premier League goals in 35 appearances for a struggling QPR side last season.

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Charlie Austin – top target this summer

Charlie was called up for Roy Hodgson’s squad for the friendly in Ireland on Sunday and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia on 14th June.

This is what Charlie has said:

“I feel like I’ve worked hard enough this season for QPR to try to be a Premier League player.” “I’ve come out a couple of times and said, ‘I don’t set myself targets’.”

“But going into the Premier League for my first season, I said that eight to 12 goals would have been perfect for me. Luckily enough I exceeded that and got 18. And missed two penalties.”

“After these two weeks, I’ll sit down with the club,” “But I just want to be fully focused on these next two weeks with England.”

“I want to enjoy these next two weeks and then who knows what the future will hold for me?”

Austin has just one year left on his QPR contract, and Newcastle always like to get a good deal negotiated.

Charlie would be a good buy for around £10M – but the price being quoted for the 6ft 2 ins striker who turns 26 next month is now up to around £15M,  and it remains to be seen of Newcastle would be willing to pay that for the 25 year-old.

We have plenty of money available, but the fans will learn this summer if Mike Ashley is willing to spend those funds to build up a good side on Tyneside.

Charlie would be a terrific buy for us, but to get him signed Newcastle will have to think big this summer, which doesn’t come naturally to those in charge of the club these days.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • sparky55

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #1

    No chance we’ll get Austin…england squad centre forward based in London with loads of ambition?…give me a break!

  • Grafton83

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #2

    If you were a safe bet for 20 goals a season you’d have your pick of clubs, what would convince you to choose Newcastle?

    – An ambitious, progressive managerial appointment
    – Top coaching staff
    – The promise of other high quality additions to the squad
    – Great team morale and work ethic
    – A great track record of attacking, entertaining football
    – Competitive salary and bonuses

    Have we got any of those sorted?

    Do we have any chance of making this transfer stick?

  • Grafton83

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #3

    forgot to say the chance of some silverware, HA

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #4

    this was never going to happen.
    Even less chance now we are lumbered with the Wolly.
    Look for a striker we have never heard of and you could well be on the right track.
    Lively summer coming up from the clueless crew
    Don’t forget to renew or buy those season tickets. 🙁

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Obviously many are frustrated by the impending choice of Mclaren as head coach. Ok its not inspiring, I’d rather have seen a someone fresh like a Garde etc, but as with his predecessors, SM is gonna need the right personnel to work with or it’ll all fall flat. Thats a given. But unlike his predecessors he can coach tactics, can set up teams differently and has least got a track record of sorts. So reasonable people will give it a go. But its gonna be a mighty short ‘honeymoon’. More like a furtive 10 mins in the registry office then off to a back street abortionist if I know the Toon faithful.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #6

    5lochinvar // Jun 5, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    The big conversation
    “Charlie – would you like to have tea with John Carver ? ”
    No thanks
    ” or with Steve McLaren ? ”
    No thanks
    ” Supper with Chanley ?”
    No thanks
    “How about a drink with Mike Ashley ?”
    Nah .

    “You know our new strip is beige. Does that excite you ? ”
    ” ok , goodbye”

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #7

    No bloody chance – the only Austin the TOON will get is a old rusty Austin Allegro.
    And news in the Mirror – Mackems got £50 million war chest and are after two of the TOON’s targets – Bamford and Van Van Djik and what news on the TOON
    Journal TOON to miss out on Mitrovic and believe it or not rumours that Perez is being sent out on loan
    For F**k’s sake get your prioritie right – NEW MANAGER and NEW PLAYERS – NOT A F**KIN trip to America to promote Sports Defect

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle have reportedly been unsuccessful in an approach for Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour.
    The guy has a price tag on his head of £21M
    No doubt we went in with an offer in the region of £5M.
    Aha ha ha ha ha ha

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Charlie – But SD IS the priority
    Surely you have learnt that after 8 years.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Carver… If this man has any shred of self respect surely he would not accept being reduced to the ranks, taking up his old 1st team coach role working for SM or anyone else at NUFC. The players he blamed his own ineptitude on on a weekly basis will be trooping past him in the dressing room every day… ? Just slink away you embarrassing failure.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #11

    At least some clubs are taking action ”

    Daily Mirror: Liverpool sack coach Mike Marsh as part of Brendan Rodgers’ backroom shake-up – reports

    And at Newcastle Charmless, Ashley, Carver , Stone and McLaren sit in a darkened room playing snap, drinking milky tea and watching repeats of The Magic Roundabout on Black and White TV.

    Perhaps they could all be moved to Beamish Museum as an attraction from the fifties.
    ( although this might be to scary for the kids )

    The TV screen flickers, the picture fades, a sign appears ” Normal Service will be resumed as soon as possible”

  • RooneyToons

    Jun 5, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Wow the negative squad is out in force today.

    The guys just been playing for QPR and wants to play everygame. His favorite player was Shearer of course we’ve got atleast a chance.

    None of the top 4-5 he’ll start for and Everton(Lukaku), Southampton(Pelle) and Tottenham(Kate) all have quality target men men.

    Liverpool might be a danger but they’re trying to get Ings and will have to get rid of Ballotelli and Lambert.

    I really think we’ve upped the wage limit and transfer budget

    Let’s bolt this horse on Mikey boy



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