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It’s The Acid Test – Newcastle Must Sign This Player

3:56 pm, Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Newcastle have been linked with Charlie Austin heavily this summer and with some bookies, Newcastle are still  the odds-on favorite to sign the former Burnley and Swindon striker this summer,  and his transfer fee could be anything from £10M to £15M.

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Charlie Austin – number one Newcastle target

Newcastle are still the favorites to sing Charlie – being 1/10 odds on at SkyBet, 1/6 odds on at BetVictor and 1/5 odds on at Betfred, with Chelsea now installed as second favorites anywhere from 2/1 to 9/2.

There have been some reports in the last couple of days that Charlie may want to stay in London, and Chelsea have been credited with an interest in the striker, who is currently with the England squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier at Slovenia tomorrow.

Charlie has caught the imagination of the Newcastle fans,  and there’s little doubt he would be a fantastic signing for Newcastle – and certainly the Geordie fans would be delighted if we can get him across the line.

The Mirror had reported a couple of days ago that it was a done deal and that he will sign for Newcastle – but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s true.

But if the news that Jose Mourinho wants him at Chelsea is true, the striker just had to look at the experience of Loic Remy, who was on the bench most of last season at Stamford Bridge.

Remy did win two trophies with the top London club, but there are rumors now the French International wants to move on this summer to get more games at another club.

Like any potential transfer the deal is never done until he signs on the dotted line after passing his medical so there’s always the chance any deal will not happen – for whatever reason.

But if Newcastle do lose out on Charlie Austin it will not go over very well with the fans, and we need a big win in the transfer market early on.

That will show Newcastle’s positive words of bringing in some good players this summer are not more empty promises, and if we do fail the doom and gloom people will no doubt be out in full force.

It would not be good if another club beats Newcastle in signing the 25 year-old striker who hit 18 goals in 35 Premier League appearances for QPR last season.

Here’s hoping we get him through the door – and soon too.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Kilcline is gonna look a right TW@T if Austin does come now after his comment earlier.
    I do agree with Jesper that 15 mill is a lot of money for Austin, Especially when Remy is going for 8 mill

  • 2 WWSBRD // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    There is no player we MUST sign if Austin goes elsewhere then there are alternatives around

  • 3 JamesToon // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Rumours that we’ve agreed a fee of £15million for Charlie Austin!

  • 4 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    I see those that were promoting a ‘wait and see’ approach starting to get a bit nervous – bargain basement Frenchmen, haggling over fees, targets signing for others – as well as seeing other minor teams get their business done early.

    Its same old same old – Mclaren on the board (of three) what a joke – FatAsh still calls the shots and we will be relegated next year thanks to lack of investment!

  • 5 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Austin offers a lot more than Cisse ! The boy can hold the ball up and bring others into play for a start !! His assist against us was top drawer as well !

    I would try give Cisse another year or 2 deal and keep him as competition with Perez while loaning out Armstrong and Rivere as the final choice as we probably are not going to be selling him anytime soon!!

    If we are going for a 433 then we need inverted wingers who can cross and score that boy Narsingh looks good , Aarons and Sammy could be good back up with maybe Ince as well

    I think next season our success could depend on De Jong staying fit as I think with the standard of defending in the premiership he will get plenty of space and chances as he has intelligent movement

  • 6 davetoon // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    QPR striker Charlie Austin has been linked with a move to Newcastle but he does not appear to be too impressed. He tweeted “Honestly where do people get this stuff from” before quickly deleting it.
    …from BBC

  • 7 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    15M does seem a lot for Austin, who although a good finsher isn’t really an accomplished all rounder. Neither is Das Bost who also relies on service bt I guess would come cheaper. English players do seem to be massively over-priced.

    Would love the rumour of Zenden as assistant to be true. A Dutch international who played for Barca over Paul Simpson who never seems to have done anything of note.

    Raul Albentosa would be a good shout for CB. Germany and Spain seem to be where we should be looking.

  • 8 JDdubai // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    The only MUST sign for me is Shawcross. He is exactly what we are desperate for, would take a big offer, almost the same as Austin, to get him but he would be worth it for me.

    English, tough, takes no crap, proven top PL player, not too many of those about we could go for.

  • 9 one fine day // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    8 mil is a good buy I agree for remy but do you want to watch a player in our number 9 who really doesn’t want to be here .
    Leave remy in London
    I’d like mitrovic personally but at least with Austin we know he can score goals in the prem and it a shit team too.
    To me a player like that may be the one who keeps us up if we have another shocker .
    I just say anyone but afc that’s Andy f@@king Carroll to the un initiated

  • 10 JamesToon // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    I’d still take Rémy back tbh

  • 11 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    somethings rumbling Austin’s odds have dropped to 1/10 to sign for us

  • 12 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    If Aarons can stay fit, if he stays at all, would be far more than back up. Same for SDJ. It’s almost as important to get a proper fit for purpose fitness / medical team in place, not that Derek Wright character..

  • 13 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    When Liverpool want £50M for Sterling, £15M does seem cheap.
    I love the fact that some supporters look out for FatAsh’ cash – if he has to pay £100M for a non league player, who cares.

  • 14 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:14 PM


    shawcross is a total thug with no technical ability whatsoever. That said, a monumental upgrade on Willo and Saylor

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:16 PM


    guess that’s the steve black factor

  • 16 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Because of the TV money 10 – 15 million is going to be the standard fare for any half decent player the equivalent of say a 6 to 8 million player a few seasons ago

  • 17 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    If rumours are true we offered a loan deal for Andy Carrol. Not as though we are pushing the boat out on the transfer front!
    Sh!t3 Direct FC

  • 18 one fine day // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Bunga party,
    I am petrified of pitching our whole season on de Jong staying fit .
    I think we need decent cover with some one who create in his role as if we are hanging our hat on him and he breaks down in September I don’t fancy limping through to the jan window again with the usual bad luck stories .
    Have a feeling cabs would snap our hand off to come back and prob would feel a lesson learned and try to repay us .
    Just a thought like

  • 19 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Bolo Zenden Story

  • 20 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Possibly Rotonda

  • 21 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    One fine day

    Yeah I know what your saying about Remy. But when you consider West ham are apparently in negotiations with both Remy and Ba for a combined fee of 15 mill, I know which option I would go for at the club .
    As much as we don’t want to admit it most footballers would leave a club if they saw a better future for them selves as much as you or I would if we were offered promotion in our respective trade.
    There is very little loyalty in the game nowadays and very few players stay at a club for a long period of time.
    Look at Manure with the De gea situation.
    If the big boys cannot keep the players what chance have we until we can show success as a club

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:27 PM


    to be fair it would be insane to get carroll on anythng but a loan or pay as you play deal

  • 23 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Jazzy – first you have to show ambition – we all know theres none there at the moment.

    Its gonna be difficult to attract any decent player to a club whose only goal is to stay in the EPL.

    And no Ashley did not say he wanted to win a cup – he said he is staying until we do!

  • 24 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Rotunda – I am more concerned that we see AC as the answer – with his medical record we would be lucky to get 10 goals a season from him. To me its another attempt to do things on the cheap – fix and make do!

  • 25 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    West Ham have not signed Ba or Remy yet its only paper talk !!

    I would take Ba back in a heart beat but not sure if they can play together both are greedy buggers who dont like to pass

  • 26 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:34 PM


    You can only show ambition by signing players that will push you on up the table.
    Austin would be a massive starting point and lets see if there is any truth in the rumours before condemning McLaren after what 3 days in charge.
    If Ashley doesn’t do something about the current plight then we will be in the fizzy pop league come this time next year

  • 27 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    BlacknWhiteBarmy @ 17

  • 28 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Lee charnley

    I said there in negotiations mate and yes it is paper talk as is Austin at present

  • 29 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    BlacknWhiteBarmy @ 17

    Why would we push the boat out trying to sign Carroll? Would you rather we forgot about Austin & put the money on Carroll for him to spend half the season injured.

  • 30 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Jazzy – not condemning Mclaren – although he may regret the move; although the money is a consolation.
    My beef is with parasite in charge – he has made us a selling/stepping stone club with his money at all costs attitude.
    We are left scouring the second rate teams / out of contract players for signings. When we do unearth a jewell they are sold for profit.
    Until this changes then we have no hope of attracting good / top quality players and doing anything in the league / cup.

  • 31 one fine day // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Being on London helps west ham massively I think on that score .
    Getting sick of sissoko ( or his agents ) whoring himself to the big three too.
    Chelsea simply buy to deny other teams quality it’s just so wrong.
    I live in aus and would so love to see a salary cap brought in to level it up .
    These mercenaries would soon disappear .
    Any every year every team would have reasonable shout at winning the league

  • 32 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Rabbit – AC would be a poor signing @24

    I just cant see us paying the asking price for any player

  • 33 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    @One fine day

    Sissokos situation is very like Lukakus at Everton he or his agents are always talking about big moves !! No big club will buy these players because the attitude is suspect !! They will end up bench warming or playing in Russia

  • 34 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Do we need to buy british though?

  • 35 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    AC would be an awful signing

  • 36 chasing_rabbits // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Barmy @ 32

    Sorry I think I misunderstood your first comment. He shouldn’t even be on the list of targets! As for us paying asking prices to get out main targets, lets see how this Austin scenario plays out and how we conduct our other business first. Maybe, just maybe, Ashley has come to realise that he’s got to invest properly in quality players, which costs more than £3-6m. That’s where I’m hoping McClaren is going to have the influence.

  • 37 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:46 PM


    I agree with everything you have said buddy, But I do believe McLaren has been given assurances that certain things will change in the regime.Whether SM was lying through his teeth about this who knows but he clearly stated it on tv that he would not have come if certain aspects were not met. This is why it took so long to announce his appointment.
    Were gonna lose up to 6-7 players this summer and next summer we have another 6 or 7 out of contract. There is no way mashley wants to lose out on the big bucks that the prem offers so he has no choice but to invest.
    Whether that is just to stay afloat in the Prem remains to be seen as this summer will spell it out for all to see after his interview on tv

  • 38 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    @36 – me too – although nothing too date seems to have changed.
    I thinks that if Messi was offered for £10M, FatAsh would try to negotiate down – its all just a money game to him.

  • 39 BlacknWhiteBarmy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    On a more cheery note, Im off to watch Jurassic World now – CYA

  • 40 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Really want to see the club invest in players and build a squad for the long term.

    These rumours of loans always worry me. It makes me feel they are trying to do things on the cheap until the next bucket load of TV money drops upon us. Staggering along on the cheap from one season to the next. Does my crust in all this.

    Howay, start to build for the long term and have a vision and a plan.

  • 41 microbar // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    We need to move on now from Austin, he more or less said on his twitter account he was not interested in Newcastle.
    time for us to revert to type, and dive back into the bargain bin of end of contract or cheap want away players with no ambition.

  • 42 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    microbar No one knows what his tweet was about the BBC are just assuming

  • 43 nearly // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    rotonda @ 12

    you say they should get a fit for purpose medical team in,not that derek wright character,he is 1 of the best physio’s in the game WHY would you say that

  • 44 lesh // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Bolo Zenden’d make a better no.2 than Bollox Carver!

  • 45 dannitoon // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Whu have 10.5m bid accepted for cabaye. .. FFS… His big moved turned out well… 1 WC and 2 champions league appearances.. hahahaha

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