Newcastle Now In Tense Three Way Battle For Charlie Austin


There’s an exclusive being reported tonight in the Express that there’s a three-way battle going on for the signature of Charlie Austin of QPR, and that cannot be good news for Newcastle, who were odds-on favorites only a week ago to sign the 25 year-old striker.

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Charlie Austin – Magpies, Hammers and Chelsea after him

Director of Football Les Ferdinand is adamant he wants £15M for Charlie, and he could well get that amount for a striker who scored 18 Premier league goals in just 35 appearances for relegated QPR last season.

The news is that Newcastle are now in serious talks with Charlie and his agents,  but as yet there has been no  offer from Newcastle, and in the last 24 hours the news was that West Ham had become favorites to sign the striker – who is due to be married at the end of the month.

It seems the last thing Charlie wants to do is sign for a side that will struggle against relegation next season, and with what has happened in two of the last three seasons at Newcastle, the Magpies may have to convince him he is part of a huge rebuilding program this summer on Tyneside.

That could prove difficult since we haven’t signed anybody this summer yet.

West Ham and Chelsea may have the advantage that Charlie can remain in the London area – but the Hammers are said to be balking at paying the £15M fee QPR are demanding.

It’s still not clear that Chelsea really want Austin, but if Loic Remy leaves the club this summer, which seems likely, then Jose Mourinho will need another strike brought in.

But with Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao ahead of him in the pecking order, Charlie may not get too many games at Stamford Bridge – which is the reason Remy wants to leave.

The news seems to be that Charlie would prefer to remain in London, but Chelsea and West Ham seem unwilling to pay out £15M, and the best chance Newcastle have of signing Charlie is to agree to pay the £15M now – so they can then negotiate wages with the 6’2″ striker.

Whether Newcastle will be bold enough or ambitious enough to do that we don’t know – but that could seal the deal.

It would be great if Newcastle can get Austin signed up – but it would also be a huge disappointment to the Geordie fans if Newcastle fail in their attempts to sign a player who is undoubtedly our number one target this summer.

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108 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Would pay bloody top whack to see this ‘tense three way battle’ hahaaaaaa

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  • Toon Tang

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #2

    I wonder what it involves?

    Anyone??

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #3

    From Last
    War Chest, barely enough to fly a couple of sorties!!

    Multiple Identities – Who cares they usually saying the same daft stuff regardless of the name they saying it under. Doesn’t bother me. I couldn’t do it. I’d forget who was me and end up arguing with myself. Lol
    Don’t sweat the small stuff people 🙂

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  • dexter53

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #4

    If we were in a 3 way battle with Accrington Stanley and Henhousemanure we’d finish 3rd.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Lets hope its Beer pong b/c Southerners can’t drink.
    Ca’Ching!!

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  • Jib

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s probably a wages thing
    In which case it’s easy with a striker who thinks he’s good.
    Put him on a half decent basic with a monster goals bonus .
    Sorted

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  • Thump

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #7

    £25 million available to McClaren? How much did we spend on the fscking horse, like?!

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  • sportiquet5

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone else getting sick of this saga, reckon the club should be more assertive in the transfer window, if you want a player go all guns blazing , get an objection deal with it or move on , every transfer window promise turns into problems and disappointment

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  • BandB

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Like political reporters, sports reporters are pack animals.
    Getting a scoop is actually less important than not breaking ranks with the others and going against the received wisdom.
    Exclusive media deals won’t make a reporter go out on a limb unless he or she is sure he or she isn’t being sold a pup by her source.
    And sports editors are the most conservative of all.
    That’s why stories are flavour of the day, and then get dumped.
    Paranoia will is why Mirror is now reporting the same transfer budget as the other outlets.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Purely on the number of goals he scored last season Charlie Austin has to be the striker to get and paying anywhere upto £20M should not be questioned. Gladly it is not my money but attempting to get more for money and finishing outside the top ten is not my idea of making a good fist of things.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #11

    If some people think we are going to sign him then they are more naive than i thought.

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  • PSYCHOtoon

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Its only tense if you believe we really want to sign him.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #13

    He would be good at the Liberty though.

    Only joking

    Ha ha ha

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #14

    last post for tonight from me guys ( early start tomorrow )

    Austin agents have NOT received any approach from Newcastle, but agents have been contacted by Liverpool and WHU.

    The Cabaye situation is false and again has NOT been approached by Newcastle.

    Troy though on the other hand seems to be 70% certain to happen atm with Carr knowing his agent ( apparently )

    Also strong links with Hughes ( apparently SM top target ever since accepting the job )

    And most of you’s could be right about us signing Championship players ( young lads though with potential and English )

    This may not be 100% accurate but could possibly happen within the next 3 weeks.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Which paper this week or last week said it was a done deal.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Well that’s him crossed off the list.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Doesn’t look like that many teams believe he’s worth £15M!

    …which is actually quite understandable!

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  • PSYCHOtoon

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #18

    If we ran with Cisse and Perez with SDJ as AM then all we need is a couple of winger upgrades. A workhorse like Riviera who doesn’t score is not really much use.

    Its the defcnse where we need real improvement. Virgil is the guy we really need. Okay so he’s not already an EPL player but he is real quality – mobile, good positioning, and scores goials too.

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  • banjax

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Look forget about Charlie Austin, he won’t be coming here because he and his family are London based and would probably prefer to play for a London club. It would be nice if we signed him, but I really can’t see it- move on – next !

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Banjax
    Perfect sense that with a young family you’d stay where you had the family support.
    Besdies 15M would be half the piggy bank gone, that could be 2 maybe 3 others so might be for the best. do think he would have been good for us but Meh!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Burnham on Sea. Good old Tuff checks his atlas.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Has anyone visited The Mag via NewsNow recently? My mobile gets bombarded with porn and hook up sites. Anyone had that problem?

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  • jimiley

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #24

    A war chest of 25 million, spent wisely, could make us a top 4 team. There is hope

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  • Belfast

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #25

    We where never in talks with his representatives and we’ve never bid for him.

    Those are the real facts.

    Twitter facts = bullshit

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  • jimiley

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #26

    A 20 million signing would make a statement to the rest of the league that we are serious contenders for the title.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Another day ends, another day closer to the start of pre-season, yet still no signings.

    What a sign of real intent… Not.

    Ashley out.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #28

    Ashley is staying until we win something, even 4th place. I would suggest to the owner that he contents himself with winning 14th place or even winning relegation and then keeps his promise and fooks off.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #29

    Ashley is committed to winning something before he leaves, even 4th place. I would recommend that the owner contents himself with winning 14th place or even winning relegation and then departs.

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  • Belfast

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #30

    The transfer warchest has went from 40,50,60 million to 25 million haha

    Brassnecks some of those journalists.

    You couldn’t make it up, or you can if you’re a journalist.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #31

    News that the comedian’s dad has been at Newburn Leisure Centre on recent Sunday mornings to take a good look at Troy Stavers.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #32

    The Trapdoor Cup counts as winning something.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #33

    Dumbassed Geordies will still turn up next season and pay 40 quid each per game into Mikes pocket. Its the easiest con in the world.

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  • Canny in Canberra

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Jmiley
    20 M on one player may make a statement but it leaves little left for anyone else and we need more than one player!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Excluded journos will no doubt stir the pot. If the budget’s £25m, they’ll say it’s 50 and vice versa. I don’t blame them.

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  • Ben

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Hour long evening with McClaren filmed last year. Interesting stories and career background if anyone is interested.

    http://youtu.be/C_YXMG_AQuM

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #37

    No matter what the speculation is us supporters are left in the dark. you would think McClaren would want to get a player in to make a statement of intent

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #38

    If we’re after Deeney, the miffed journos will say it’s Austin just for bad. Build up expectations and laugh when they’re punctured.

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 17, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #39

    if austin goes to west ham, it would probably mean that carroll is comming here..possibly for a discount fee..

    i’m ok with that:) would take him over austin anytime..way more accomplished player..

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  • jane

    Jun 18, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #40

    “Dumbassed Geordies will still turn up next season”

    disrespectful

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