Newcastle have been linked with some strikers in the last few days who would be (much) cheaper than top transfer target Charlie Austin, and that’s never a good sign.
It could point towards either that Austin is not interested in joining Newcastle, that he doesn’t want to leave London – or that Newcastle are not willing to pay the £15M QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand is demanding – and it could be a combination of all the above three.
Charlie Austin in action against Newcastle
So it’s interesting there is a report in the Chronicle today that Newcastle may be turning their interest to other strikers – and it seems the £15M is too high a fee for Newcastle, who don’t want to pay out that much for any one player.
If they go after other targets they are also hoping QPR may reduce the fee – but that’s always a dangerous game to play- because it leaves it open for a more ambitious club to come in and sign Charlie out of the blue for the fee requested.
If Newcastle are not willing to pay out the big money for Austin – where’s the ambition in that – and it seems Newcastle continue to think like a small club, who just want to survive in the Premier League rather than trying to do well and win something.
Newcastle are said to be turning to new options, because QPR are holding out to try and get as much money as possible for Charlie – but the London club would be daft not to do that, since they will be in the Championship next season and receive much lower revenues.
An alternative approach for Newcastle that we suggested yesterday, is to go in and pay the £15M for Charlie and get him to Tyneside -now.
That would not only get Charlie on board and excite the Newcastle fans, but the fans may even start believing what Mike Ashley said in his interview – that we now want to win something.
It would also be have a positive impact on other players we may go after this summer, and they will be more willing to join what they see as a more ambitious Newcastle United – than the one who struggled against relegation last season.
With the goals Charlie could score for Newcastle, £15M may not be an excessive fee to pay out, and in any case with all the money Premier League clubs are getting in the future, the transfer fees for players will be going up – especially for Englishmen.
If we are to sign top players this summer, we have to get rid of that miserly and too thrifty approach we have taken in the transfer windows for far too many years.
There’s nothing wrong with looking for good deals – but sometimes you have to pay out the big money for a top player – especially if he’s English.
That’s something Newcastle seem to struggle with.
With all the money Newcastle have made these last two seasons, and with nothing being spent in January – which almost cost is another relegation – surely we have the big money to spend this summer?