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.
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.