There are reports today that Newcastle have opened negotiations with QPR to sign their 25 year-old top striker Charlie Austin, who now looks to be our number one striker target for this summer’s transfer window.
Charlie Austin – Newcastle number one striker target
There is news that Director of Football Les Ferdinand at QPR wants £15M for his top striker, and that isn’t too big a fee for Charlie, and maybe Newcastle can get it down nearer to £10M – but the Magpies have to willing to shell out the money for these very good strikers.
There will be competition for Charlie from other Premier league clubs, and Charlie had a great first season in the Premier League last season with 18 Premier League goals in 35 appearances for QPR – and he would be a rally great signing for us.
Charlie is apparently due to be married at the end of this month and is on vacation at the moment, so hopefully he will be a Newcastle player before July rolls around.
Patrick Bamford – while on loan at Middlesbrough
Newcastle have also been interested in 21 year-old Chelsea striker Peter Bamford, and the London side have put a rather high transfer fee of £10M on the youngsters’ head.
But Patrick had a good season on loan at Middlesbrough last season, where he scored 19 goals in 43 appearances – so this lad knows where the back of the net is.
Both Patrick Bamford and Charlie Austin are big lads at 6’1″ and 6″2″ respectively, and they would give Newcastle some power and some goal-scoring threat up front, and we didn’t have much of that at all last season, especially when Papiss Cisse was not available.
An option for Newcastle is to sign Patrick on a one year loan deal, and the news is that we have already agreed a loan deal for Chelsea’s 21 year-old central midfielder Marco Van Ginkel, so maybe we could striker a double loan deal with the Premier league Champions.
Newcastle United and the powers that be at the club have to show Geordie fans this summer they are willing to spend some big money to bring in some very good players this summer – so £25M for these two strikers isn’t like it would be breaking the bank at Newcastle.
We could maybe get the two of them in for around £20M and that would be very good business for Newcastle United.