Newcastle Ready To Give Up On Top Transfer Target


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.

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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?

Comments welcome.


195 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1

    This certainly would signal that lessons have been learnt.

    Not waiting until the after the window closes before deciding that they don’t want to spend what is required.

    We may even get a chance to go after some other targets.

    I’m sure Austin was just a smokescreen anyway….this window has been 6 months in the making. JC said as much.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Wish we would just sign someone

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  • Bambams

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I wonder if all the negativity over the last few years along with the way ash conducts his business and that we use a pay as you go mobile to tell former players they are not wanted – has an affect on players thinking about signing for us ?

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #5

    same old story !

    oo where after this player ! oh we lost intrest as too expensive.
    ooo where after that player ! they want too much in wages.
    blablabla….end of transfer window.

    but we did sign shola and carlton cole ^^

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  • sparky55

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #6

    We should be looking at Southampton as a good example of how a middle tier club should be ran. They’ve made 3 signings already, the manager will now have ALL his team together for pre-season training…all done and dusted, all targets signed sealed and delivered so they’ll be completely together and understand the managers tactics in good time for the opening of the season whilst at the good ship NUFC Maclaren declares yesterday he’s had a good discussion with the rest of the board as to what direction we’ll be taking and who we’ll be going after!

    Fcuking marvellous eh!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #7

    @Bambams

    Spot on there !! Our name is terrible over in France now every club hates us and the way we do business ! The owners of clubs and magazines are not complementary of us at all !

    The Jonas and Raylor situation will not have put us in a good light at all

    The club got slaughtered last season by respected Sky Sports pundits who a lot of British players will watch and go “No way ” to signing for us !!

    Plus Mclaren has a bit of a tainted reputation so it might be really hard for us to get the right players in

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  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #8

    I think Bas Dost is the more likely striker to be signed as they will see him as better value & maybe wanting less in wages.

    Also Carr will have scouted him throughout the last few years & would’nt surprise me if the club has got Janmaat, Krul & Anita to maybe have had a word with him about how good it is at Newcastle much in the same way Cabaye used to with potential new French recruits.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #9

    The Theory of Low Bids clearly states”
    “Never, ever bid more than 65% of what a club is asking for a player. When they refuse to budge go off in a huff and make a low bid on someone else. This never works but you never waste any of Mike’s money that way and he gives you a small raise and a pat on the back.”

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  • Bambams

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #10

    LCBP
    My concerned thoughts exactly fella.
    Genuinely thought we would of had an Austin or Van Dijk in by now.

    Still plenty of time to sign a couple of players but not enough to sign the 6 or 7 we need.

    So much for optimism. …

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  • Reg nufc

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #11

    Wish they’d hurry up and just sign someone give us a idea which way he’s going big spending or the norm

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Bus Pass won’t be any more likely to turn up here than any of the other names bring bandied about expect a surprise or two and not necessarily any exciting ones.

    Bills son, if you’re still here, sorry about your personal news. Nothing to do with the belly aches and disagreements on here. We’re all here for one reason in the end.

    But I wouldn’t count on Nufc-83 giving you any sympathy he doesn’t believe it even when a poster passes on and never, surprisingly, posts again.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Toy Weeney will be ours if only they accept our low bid!!! Huzzah!!!!

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  • Belfast

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve said from the start we wouldn’t pay the 15 million. I’ve got a fiver on him joining Southampton at 9/1.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Fong the owner! Fong him I say! Then fong Charnley. Fong him ’til his gums bleed! Harrumph.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #16

    But what about Toy Weeney Belfast mate? Can we underbid everyone else and get him? What are your thoughts?

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  • Belfast

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #17

    He could be posting under a different name though Skunki. It would have been weird if he came back under the same name like haha

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  • Belfast

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #18

    With our underbidding skills anything is possible geordietwo Harumph

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #19

    Well I can see there’s not a lot of enthusiasm for making another low bid for Toy Weeney then. Harrumph.

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  • kakaobi

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #20

    Ashley wouldn’t like it if we refused to pay the asking price of a season ticket and offered £200 instead stating value for money

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Well at least we’ve got Phil Gristle coming in. Beautiful.

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  • jimiley

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    I have tried to buy a season ticket but they are all sold. Incredible.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #23

    With the Gristleizer in the lineup and Riviere as well we should manage at least 5 goals next season!

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #24

    I think its BS..the board knew mclaren will be our new manager for 6months now and they started talking about targets this week? Its bullshit.. Not even a cb signed..a position we needed for years..

    Unless every primary target rejected us and now we’re looking at the market mclaren knows best – Coca fu***** cola league..

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  • jimiley

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Riviere should guarantee us five goals a season. Really looking forward to the transfer window and the new season. We might nick 4th spot with a bit of luck.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #26

    I think what will happen is no one will leave or come in until we have done the USA tour this will have given Mclaren time to see who stays and goes by this time though a lot of our player targets will be away !!!

    On Austin I dont know if a lot of teams will want to stretch to that 15 million mark Southampton , Swansea might but probably would rather not blast that until they have sold players West Ham have a lot of strikers on their books so would probably need to offload Carroll before getting Austin

    We might wait till July to see if he is still available or just go and sign Das Boot !!

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  • ashleysmate

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #27

    We should go in for nigel pearsons laddie and get him for nowt…though even he would turn us down

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #28

    we will go most of the window without signing anyone ! unless its someone for dev squad.

    then when panic sets in and all the players we were after have gone to other teams because of the same excuses we will sign championship quality/low prem players and a lot of fans will just accept it and be relieved that we actually signed players.

    thats my prediction and i’m hoping they read my post and prove me wrong ! i’ll be the first to say sorry i really will if they do prove me wrong…………pretty please prove me wrong.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Just seen figures of 10 million getting quoted for Tyrone MIngs ?!?! This TV deal has ruined the game hes a 2 million pound prospect nothing more 65k a week for Micah Richards as well !!

    This buy English mentality will never pick up at Newcastle you cant get the right value and the wages they want will make Ashley have a heart attack !!

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Somehow in his case I don’t think he turned up as someone else Belfast.

    Charlie Austin he’s this year’s PEA. Expect a surge of certainty that he’s coming here followed by the sudden announcement he’s gone somewhere else,and was never even aware Newcastle had a club.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #31

    I know it’s been visited before, but you can tell that despite Ashleys famous “Peace in our Time” speech money is the absolute Lord and Ruler of the show at nufc. Why else would you not do much as offer Jonas a short contract or hold out until the new head coach is in? Maybe the two dates didn’t meet but still…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Squelch,
    Wrong, the difference between our two clubs is ten major trophies.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes, I’m very excited about Riviere jimiley mate. If he bags five next season Mike can sell him for 20M or so according to Charnley. Beautiful.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #34

    If there is any brain activity at the club at all they are quietly going after Vlaar behind the scenes. And making a proper bid and decent wage offer for him as well.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Did you say something then jail.

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  • mickalfas

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #36

    Let’s face it ,the fat cnut ain’t gonna spend big money ,the fact that he’s said that he’s going to win something if unbelievable
    He’s a lying two-faced cockney tawt and he needs to fcuk off !!

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  • bobby mango

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #37

    So nothing has changed then. You’d think they’d give the fans something but no.
    I’m not surprised but disappointed, depressed, angry.
    If this transfer window is full of cut price nobodies and fails to address the weakness in the squad then I’m out.
    At this rate I would’ve rather we had been relegated.

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  • the broons

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #38

    If Lionel Messi suddenly became available to us for 15 million I have a feeling he would still “be out of our price range” Lets face it although 15 mil sounds a lot, to Mike Ashley is not a huge price to pay for a proven premier league goal scorer (especially since televison payments have rocketed up)

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  • Charlietoon

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Having bought a ticket to see the lads in Sacramento, I really hope we’ve made at least a couple of signings by then. Be nice to have something to cheer other than seeing Williamson hoof long balls in person.

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  • lesh

    Jun 18, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #40

    This is showing all the signs of seasons past.

    Penny pinching gits!

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