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West Ham Look Set To Sign Charlie Austin

6:09 pm, Saturday, June 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

News today that bookmakers Betfair have suspended betting on who Charlie Austin will join this summer, with lots of money coming in on him moving to West Ham United.

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Charlie Austin – not coming to Newcastle

Michael Bowers  is a Football Trader for Betfair, and has been quoted as saying the following:

“We’ve now suspended betting on Charlie Austin signing for the Hammers after an avalanche of bets at odds as short as 5/4.” “This morning West Ham were 4/1 but were cut to 5/4 favourite after huge support.”

“This market has been the one to watch in recent days with three clubs battling it out for Austin’s signature.” “Chelsea looked set to seal the deal with punters backing them in to 13/8 favorites.”

“But West Ham will certainly provide more opportunity for the young centre-forward to flourish and it would seem Austin has recognized that.”

“We’ve now suspended betting on Charlie Austin signing for the Hammers after an avalanche of bets at odds as short as 5/4.”

At one point, Newcastle were 1/6 odds on to sign Austin so 5/4 odds on are not particularly short odds,  and it’s difficult to know what’s happening.

In the last few days Chelsea had become favorites to sign the player, and some reports have said that Newcastle have already given up on signing Charlie – and that may be because he wants to stay in London.

SkyBet have also had a pile of money coming in for him to sign for the Hammers – and Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer has said the following:

“The betting on Austin’s future remains wide open, with West Ham the latest club to attract interest.”

“Newcastle and Chelsea have also been well backed to secure his services, so we’re trying not to overreact from the latest swing, but it has seen Southampton (8/1) and Liverpool (12/1) drift out in the market.”

It doesn’t look like Newcastle will get Charlie now – which is probably why we are looking at secondary targets like Troy Deeney of Watford and West Ham’s Diafra Sakho.

We would assume if West Ham sign Austin they will want to unload a striker, and we don’t think injury-prone Andy Carroll would be a good acquisition for us.

We were linked with Diafra Sakho last summer when he was still at Metz in the French second division, but West Ham beat us to him too.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    It’s not fair I say! Not fair! QPR should have accepted wor low bid. Charney will be soooooo disappointed.

  • 2 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    I don’t believe for one second we were ever after him.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    There must be some kind of FA rule about having to accept wor low bids!!! Demand justice for Charnley!!!!

  • 4 WWSBRD // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Haha betting companies literally know bugger all they react to trends in the market

    SkyBet alter the market at will through sky sports.

    Betting on Austin has been suspended 3 times this window only time will tell, I highly doubt it’ll be use he signs for because it’s dragged on for too long now

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Yes Jib! Yes!!! We were after him and we made the lowest bid of any club!!!! It’s true!!! Hahahahahaha!!!! And Lee is not sorry he did it either!!!!

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    We dodged a bullet there like !

  • 7 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    On comes jeff to kick things off with an insult. Start as you mean to go on eh?

    Anyway, I don’t believe we were ever even interested in him either. Maybe a passing enquiry and being told not to waste our time but that’s it. Agent rumour and betting company hype.

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Never mind lads. We’ve got other low bids in mind. Other clubs to plead with. It’s not a problem.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    I would love to have Cabaye and Ba back to finish their careers with us but that would mean there’s no sell on value, shame, we’ll plough on with Bigi and Riverie because they’ve got years left on their contracts.

  • 10 lochinvar // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Austin’s missus is rumoured to have stamped her foot and told Charlie to stay in London because there’s more handbag stores and she likes the big roundy thing than you can ride on to take selfies. What’s more West Ham have a big shiny new stadium with no atmosphere and not enough fans to fill even a third of it.
    Das Bost on the other hand wants to play in front of 50,000 fanatical fans in a mega stadium in a City that has more heart and character than London has in it’s little toe.
    Class always rises to the top.

  • 11 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    A timely repost if I do say so myself –

    Eds promo-driven speculation aside ha ha given that the massed opinion is of impatience and lack of belief in any tangible improvement in approach by Ashleys underlings, when do we really expect you see some decent signings being announced? A few clubs have already made their moves but by no means all. Should we at least be seeing some of our minor targets being brought in by now, whoever they are?

  • 12 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    The Greeks might accept a low bid or two to get their hands on some Euros. Have you tried a couple of low bids over there Lee?

  • 13 TudorCrisps // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    At least we’ve got Riviere if we fail to get any of these strikers over this LINE, wouldn’t mind knowing where this line is to be honest, I’m thinking its close to the Bermuda triangle.

  • 14 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Minor targets!!! That’s it Tsunki mate!!! We’ll content ourselves with minor targets. Like Phil Gristle!!! By God it’s time for another low bid on a minor target!!! Huzzah!!!!

  • 15 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Ed, that news is just what the Flappy Bird Cup has been waiting for. It may have come a little late for the extended 7pm closing deadline so we’ve decided to extend the closing deadline for a second time. 10 am tomorrow. Nobody has a monopoly on extended closing deadlines.

  • 16 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Let’s forget Charlie, Austin’s gone stone cold ha ha oh dear where’s me coat …. anyway…

    I think it’s pretty obvious that Steve Mac is having more of a problem with the ‘ you tell us what you want and we’ll tell you if we want to afford it’ arrangement as he’s evidently having a tough time getting his backroom staff together. And I can’t see him pinpointing targets until he does. We could lag behind everyone else in the bartering stakes by a long way if they don’t get the backroom team sorted soon.

  • 17 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Or we could sell Riviere for a HUGE profit TudorCrisps mate. Everyone must be after him since he scored that league goal for us last season. You remember that league goal he scored don’t you? That makes him a top striker you know.

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Lee has offered Riviere to several clubs but they just snort and laugh and close their cells.

  • 19 nightfa11 // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    so..austin to west ham, and carroll to us.. im ok with that:)

  • 20 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Tutor Crisps. Peterlee. King Henry VIII logo and a twisty blue paper bag with salt in. Used to get them from the offy at the argus butterfly.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Don’t be ok with that nightfall. We don’t want another sick note. We want good sturdy players. Guts!!! Plenty of guts!!! And some hefty brawn!!! Harrumph.

  • 22 WWSBRD // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Does Dortmund get that many fans?

  • 23 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Carroll to us no no no dear me how no. No. Nightfall man take that back take it back now!

  • 24 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Well there you go. Just shows what a little club you are

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Welshie how do you manage to satisfy your sheep and blog at the same time? Unbelievable.

  • 26 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Tudor Crisps. This phone. I hate this phone.

  • 27 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Its much easier with a smart phone

  • 28 TudorCrisps // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Aye what a pedigree of a striker Riviere is GerodieTwo, always firing on all cylinders just a shame nen were on target, a feel slightly sorry for the people sitting behind the goal when he’s playing could easily turn into a blood bath if their not watching the where that ball goes.

  • 29 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Don’t just…..dont. Leave it and it will fizzle out. Like the ‘ joke’ did at first attempt.

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Forget Carroll lads. We’re after smaller players. Younger players. Cheaper players. An eight year old with a limp. That sort of thing.

  • 31 ITUNDERASHELL // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Have you renewed your obligation to Ashley’s wallet lads?

  • 32 hibbit // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    nightfall andys got 2/3 years on his contract he’s on a 100k a week west ham will want money for him and he is coming to us on a get paid if you play contract,,,,,, you might be daft to even think that but andys not

  • 33 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    If he could reach the supporters with his shots they would definitely be in serious danger TudorCrisps mate. Those tremendous shots that almost cross the byline. It’s frightening to watch. Like Obertan trying to cross a ball into the box.

  • 34 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    TO yes a surge in hot Balti pie craniofacial impact injuries could be imminent unless we either enlarge the net using a circus safety type one, or change his conical boots to regular ones.

  • 35 Jib // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Aymen Abdennour is called the new Puyol.
    If you read this article our name pops up as having enquired about him along with some big hitters . I’m not saying for a moment we’ll beat Barcelona for him especially as Messi has mentioned him by name in an interview .
    However if he does move to the Catalans it makes it more likely we could get Marc Bartra (either to buy or on loan)

  • 36 GeordieTwo // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    I saw Riviere try to hit the supporters once because of their jeers. He missed. 😯

  • 37 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    It seems the Flappy Bird Cup has served its purpose of holding a mirror to the flappy birds. They’re now too embarrassed to flap. The organisers are thinking of scrapping the competition after only one day. In fairness to existing entrants, the competition will not be scrapped but will continue with an extended deadline just in case the organisers have misjudged the level of interest.

  • 38 Tsunki // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    On a serious note Riviere work apart from his actual getting the round thing into the stringy thing is pretty good and he does help to create some nuisance to the opposing defence. He seems strong and positionally he shows the right instincts. His control isn’t bad either. Apart from when he enters the antimagnetic 6 yard box thing. If he could actually score a goal or two with his foot or head we’d think an awful lot better of him.

  • 39 Belfast // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Biggest load of tosh. Avalanche of bets because some no mark on twitter has made it up and some other gullible no marks have stuck money on it.

    Case closed !

  • 40 TudorCrisps // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    haha aye Obertan is shocking, a seriously think if it wasn’t for the lines sprayed to the pitch he’d run around in circles

  • 41 Pootle2118 // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Has there actually been a quote, from a team principal of one of our ‘targets’, that actually states “we’ve received a bid from Newcastle for player blah and we’re considering it/rejecting it out of hand” or is it all just bookmakers, sports writers and agents that mention us?

  • 42 nightfa11 // Jun 20, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    I agree..his injury record is not good..and our board wont sign a player who has serious problems, But if his situation is not serious:

    A) hes way better player and striker austin will ever be.. Austin is a fox in the box, while carroll is everything you want from s striker..strong, great header, strong foot,can score from anywhere..
    B) with austin on board, carroll will get zero playing time at wh..Bili? will be forced to play austin every time.. So carroll can either move for low few and wages or he can piss his career away.. Thats up to him..

    But Id take him over austin everytime..

  • 43 hibbit // Jun 20, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    jeffery what on earth are you on we can not sort a deal out for a championship coach never mind a player from barcelona this coaching problem needs sorted asp 10 days till the players we have return and we have no first team coaches

  • 44 Blackstarbullet // Jun 20, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    I honestly believe Austin was never ever going to come to us once ANY London club was in the frame. Why move 300 miles when you can stay put and still play at the highest level. Total non starter.

  • 45 mactoon // Jun 20, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Same old same old. Charnley wont meet the asking price of £15 million. He is a STEAL at that price and Bamford would rather fight for is place even though he is 4th choice. What a fecking carcrash this club is under Ashleys reign

  • 46 JP...from The Rock // Jun 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Whoever wants Carroll needs their head checked. The most injury prone player in the league!! He’ll be more time on the treatment table getting his big paycheck than on the pitch helping us. Survive another battle from the drop!

  • 47 xiaofeiii // Jun 21, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    How can we confirm he wanted to stay in London when we dont even show our interest by making a bid?

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