The Express is reporting today that Liverpool are ready to challenge Newcastle United in the race for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, and it seems the Reds are willing to pay the full £15M that QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand wants for his top striker.
Charlie Austin – Liverpool make move for the striker
Liverpool have signed Newcastle’s former striker target 22 yer-old Danny Ings from Burnley as a free agent, and now they are after another one of Newcastle targets – but Charlie is undoubtedly our number one striker target this summer.
Liverpool do need to bring in another striker, but according to the local Liverpool Echo, they really want Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, but he may not be available for transfer, with manager Tim Sherwood unlikely to want to sell his best player this summer.
And Benteke is said to have a whopping £32.5M release clause in his contract.
It seems that good strikers are in real demand this summer, and if Liverpool do go after Austin, it could make it very difficult for Newcastle to land their number one target, and we have to hope the club are working hard right now to tie up a deal for the 25 year-old.
But Newcastle also have to show they can go in with the big boys, and persuade good players to sign for Newcastle – that will be the acid test this summer.
Chelsea have also been credited with an interest for Austin, although at the moment they are trying to arrange a loan deal for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao for next season, with a view to make the deal permanent next summer, and that’s said to be 90% complete.
One big issue is Radamel’s massive wages, and he’s being asked to take a cut in those wages to move to Stamford Bridge, and it remains to be seen if Loic Remy leaves the club, and therefore will need to be replaced – possibly with Austin.
It will be a massive disappointment for Newcastle fans if the club fail to sign Charlie Austin.