Austin May Not Be Going Anywhere This Summer


Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp has suggested that Newcastle’s top transfer target this summer – 25 year-old Charlie Austin – may not move anywhere this summer.

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Charlie Austin – a free agent next summer

Charlie has one year left on his contract at QPR, and he has said in the past he could stay at QPR,  albeit he would be back playing in the Championship.

But his former manager at QPR, Harry Redknapp, has said he may even stay, and the 68 year-old had this to say to talkSPORT:

“Charlie Austin is a little bit in that mold – a typical Newcastle number nine.” “He has got a good attitude, he works hard and scores his goals.”

“I don’t know what owner Tony Fernandes has got planned, whether he wants to keep him like Danny Ings and let him run out that final year.”

What benefit do QPR get of Charlie running out his final year financially?

There has to be little chance of Charlie staying at QPR, with the London club anxious to get up to £15M for their striker, with there being much smaller revenues in the Championship.

And in any case if he becomes a free agent next year QPR would not qualify for any compensation for Charlie, and therefore they would get nothing for their top player – so there’s a big incentive for QPR to sell Austin this  summer.

That’s wasn’t the case with Danny Ings at Burnley, and even though he became a free agent Burnley still got good compensations for him, because he was less than 24 years old.

And as far as Charlie goes he’s also had a taste of being in the England squad recently, and he will have a much better chance of being selected for England if he’s playing for a club like Newcastle next season.

Danny Ings had a chance to play his last season for Burnley in the Premier League,  so there’s another difference in the Austin and Ings situation – Austin will be incented to move to keep playing in England’s top division.

Austin will leave this summer, and it’s still possible we suppose that Newcastle can get the deal done.

The news today is that Southampton have moved in with a £10M bid for Charlie – and like Swansea the Saints tend to move quickly and decisively in the transfer market.

That’s unlike some other clubs we know.

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101 comments so far

  • WWSBRD

    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Not a hope Austin will remain at QPR, hes a PL player now who is trying to break into the England team

    If QPR dont drop the price he will be forced to hand in a transfer request

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    The only way they could keep hold of Austin is if they had a big bid coming for somebody else. Phillips and maybe Caulker (not in my opinion, but in others) are players they could get decent fees for. I can’t think of any others.

    A lot could hinge on the punishment they receive for breaching ftp rules, and refusing to pay the fine. If they get away with it, then they may be able to hang onto Austin, although they would need an immediate Prem return or it won’t have been worth it. If they get a points deduction, or a fine that counts towards their FFP finances then they will have no choice but to sell I’d have thought.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    WWSBR,
    They could play hardball with Austin, he may not be happy or like it, but he doesn’t strike me as a player that will throw a strop and refuse to perform because of it. Maybe strike a deal with him in that if they don’t look like automatic promotion shots by January he can leave then giving him 6 months to secure a Euro’s squad spot.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I was going to leave a very similar post as Lilongwe regarding Clarke. I think people had high hopes for him after what he achieved at Huddersfield. I think his eagerness to get back in the hot seat led him to make some bad career moves. I can’t claim to know what he thinks is best for him but a number two role might be better suited to him after his last two experiences.

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  • Slank

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #5

    Sounds like a ploy by Redknapp to say to all and sundry that it will take a large amount of money to prize Austin away from QPR where he is happy and only too pleased to play in a lower league (like hell he is I would suggest).

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  • Pootle2118

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Lil

    Leroy Fer could fetch a few quid as well, but you’re right, I can’t think of any more either

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    No chance of Austin staying in the championship! Problem is a player is only worth what someone is willing to pay for him. Unfortunately for QPR this means Austin is worth about £10m… I think this is for a few reasons
    1) His contract only has a year to run
    2) Pretty sure theres big concerns on his medical similar to Demba Ba and his knee
    3) As a player, he is in that category of being a very good striker that’s not got enough in his game to be a starter at a top 4/5 team. At a Newcastle, Swansea, Stoke etc he starts every week and is a fan favourite but at a Man Utd, Chelsea he gets the odd sub appearance and plays in the league cup…. Potential wise I don’t think he has it to break into that level of elite striker. Saw him a lot last season, he scored goals yes, but most of them were stolen. Never seen Austin dominate or terrify a centrehalf in the way drogba used to or Aguero does or dare I say how Carroll used to. Reminds me very much of Cisse in this respect

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  • cyprus

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Austin: must admit I haven’t seen enough of this player, his numbers attitude look good. No idea of his worth, but we need two CF’s with 30+ between them. Otherwise we will languish in lower places, no matter who is the HC.

    Krul to Palace: tough one this, as he has been brilliant for us and saved us many points. A spurs game comes to mind. Erroneously perhaps as I don’t know the position, I think he’s replaceable, if we get good money…

    Townsend: top player, Cyprus connections, has speed, can score, proven himself with England: sign, now!

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  • Pootle2118

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Lil @2

    I’d completely forgot about the FFP investigation into QPR. When is the decision/verdict due to be released?

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Lil
    Dont see him agreeing to that mate, he needs to be playing in the PL all season in order to get international time. His advisers will be pushing him to move to the PL. I dont think there is a chance in hell QPR keep hold of him

    This seems like another way push clubs into bidding…just like us being linked with 100s of strikers helps us push the price down

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #11

    @Jail – actually know Clarkie a bit, hes a big mate of one of my dads cousins (vague I know) but as such is always at family weddings and often at BBQ’s etc. He’s a top guy but I can’t imagine his personality being right to be even a coach let alone a manager. Enjoys the sauce a bit too much too and I never got the impression he handles pressure all that well. Speaking as someone that’s met him many times and likes him, I wouldn’t want him having much to do with our team it’s over his head. Top guy, possibly similar to Carver coz I hear hes a good man too but being a Geordie doesn’t qualify you to have a major position in one of the worlds top 20 grossing football clubs for me!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    So Austin is to be consigned to the list of bullets we’ve dodged.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Pootle,
    Yeah, had forgotten about Fer. Not sure on when it will be announced. All FFP seems to have gone very quiet since Platini started discussing relaxing the rules.

    WWSBR,
    Yeah, it is likely a way of upping the price, but it isn’t beyond Fernandes to play the brinkmanship game and attempt to keep him if they don’t feel it works for them. I can’t see Austin being happy if they forced him to stay, but I also can’t see him going on strike or causing issues within the club either.

    Cyprus,
    If we get Townsend we will have a new player to disagree on over his ability!

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail

    Maybe, but then again, a few of these “bullets” seem better than what we have.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Jayphoto,
    your analysis of Austin doesn’t inspire me. I’d pass if it’s so. Need a CF whom those clubs will envy. If we’re going for CL level, that’s the type of player we need.

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    @Cyprus – Id let Krul go for £10m! Wouldn’t be surprised if the Goalkeeping merry go round sees him move (de gea to Madrid etc)
    Personally can see Krul either going to Man Utd and being 2nd choice initially to Valdes or going to Spurs to replace Lloris (rumoured to be going PSG or Man Utd)
    Odd Pardew is looking to replace Speroni though? Looked a good keeper the last 2 years. Hennessey the reserve is pretty solid too.
    Good keepers aren’t that hard to find to be honest. Pantelimon showed that he’s a very good keeper at Sunderland and cost 2m. Tom Heaton probably cost next to nothing at Burnley etc
    Not sure if Darlow is ready but he has had 100+ appearances for Forest so if hes not ready yet not sure why they bought him?
    A

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  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    jay
    If you say he’s Carverish surely that would mean he’d be OK as a coach.
    Carver hasn’t stopped being a good coach just cos he can’t handle being the head honcho.
    WWSBRD
    Southampton have offered QPR £10 million for CA take it or leave it.
    I’m thinking it will be accepted.

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    @Lilongwe/Cyprus – Can we discuss Townesends ability now? I’ve not seen much of him but I’ve never seen him play particularly well? But its hard to break into the England set up without playing well usually, he any good?

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  • cyprus

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Lil,
    maybe, or not 😉

    If he gets 8+ goals and has twice or more assists and terrorises defences, we’ll agree that he’s good! If the opposite happens, we’ll agree once more.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #20

    This is all academic anyway. Even though its early days (and people say that every year like they expect something to happen), we will most likely (judging by 8 years of evidence) not sign the players we need by the end of the window.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #21

    Jay,
    I agree, like Lilongwe said, what might be good for Lee Clarke might not be good for the club.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #22

    Lil
    I dont know mate he needs to capitalize on how well he did last season while his name is still in peoples minds. His agent is going to do everything they can to get him a move

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Jib
    We have offered the same according to some rags

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #24

    @Jib – I meant Carverish in terms of a good guy to have a drink and a laugh with but not cut out to handle the pressure at Newcastle.
    No idea of Carver or Clarks coaching skills, never seen either coach though Carver’s job history doesn’t suggest he’s as good as he thinks. Plymouth, Sheffield United, Luton etc doesn’t suggest hes even that good a coach

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Ffs lost what i was typing because of these ^÷$€×??#*× app things

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  • Pootle2118

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Regarding Austin

    All the headlines and titbits I’ve heard and read involving different clubs, nobody seems willing to go above £10M for Austin. Maybe QPR will keep knocking those bids back until deep into the window and wait for one of the teams to become desperate(probably us) and pay closer to the £15M they want

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #27

    There was an outspoken (and slightly obnoxious) itk on here over the weekend claiming that Austin wanted to stay in london.

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  • lesh

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #28

    I wonder whether friend Bishop or his new mouthpiece Moncur, might be kind enough to let us know what Charnley’s been doing to get McClaren his backroom staff.

    And, if they can spare another few seconds, tell us what he’s been doing to bring in the players we so desperately need?

    Or might that just prove too difficult and more to the point, raise more questions about the ownership of Newcastle United?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #29

    Mark…you might be on to something there…but then again that was sadly what I was expecting seeing as nothing has really changed!

    …wondering if they really have to burn theirs hands for change to happen? Maybe they will just never learn! It would explain the last 8 years.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #30

    Townsend: disclaimer- biased.

    Now, whenever I’ve seen him come on, he has provided energy, pace, dribbling, audacity,urgency, struck fear in opponents (he’s actually coming straight at me!), and he can shoot (many of our players can’t actually do that) with both feet hard and in the right direction! Buy, now, will make a differnce.

    Got England into some kind of qualifier, singlehandedly.

    Don’t know his age and why he finds himself on the fringes.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #31

    Cyprus/Jay,
    If he gets 5 goals and manages 5 assists I’d be surprised! He is another product of the media overhyping young english players when they break through and do one or two good things. His finishing is poor, the dubious honour of taking more shots than any other player to open a goalscoring account for a season.

    He is a poor crosser of the ball, and rarely likes to cross it, preferring to cut in and blast a shot high and/or wide. Occasionally they go in which looks spectacular and that is where some of the hype has come from. It is the fact he played out wide in Soldado’s first season that caused Soldado to flop so badly. Soldado, like Cisse or Dost needs box service which Townsend doesn’t supply often or well.

    I would prefer Phillips from QPR who can shoot cross, is quick and strong all without the hype.

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  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Julian Speroni is 36

    He had a testimonial 2 weeks ago against Dundee

    Pardew played in it

    He is obviously going to concentrate on his restaurant in Purley

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Pootle…I have tried to explain on many occasions why CA is not worth £15M and why I think it will only be one of the top 4 clubs bidding that high…or a club out of desperation.

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  • nut meg

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #34
  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Reckon Austin will go after 25th August.
    If Newcastle, West Ham both sign a different striker ie: Dost (no idea who West ham are targeting) or Southampton pick up another Graziano Pelle style player QPR will start to panic. They won’t want to lose him for nothing.
    My bet is he’ll leave for 8-11m to someone like Crystal Palace. Feel like if Newcastle were going to sign him it’d be a done deal by now. Seems NUFC are a great club for agents to mention when touting their clients about

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  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #36

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp
    That poster seemed to forget that Austin spent 2 happy and productive seasons at Burnley and was quite happy to go Hull until QPR gazumped them.

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  • mickalfas

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #37

    Why do players that we apparently follow for a while all of a sudden develope a bad attitude ?
    Mitrovic and Ayew for example,

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #38

    @Lilongwe/Cyprus – wow such different views of the same player.
    I’ve not seen him often but like I said I’ve never seen him play particularly well.
    I really like Phillips as a player! Think the fact he declared for Scotland (and is ineligible for englandl) might be the reason for no hype around him?
    Did Quincy Promes play under McClaren at Twente? he looks one hell of a winger

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #39

    Mick,
    They haven’t. Ayew has often been described as having a bad attitude. Stroppy, arrogant and selfish.

    Mitrovic is hot headed, and has a bit of a temper on him. Mitrovic is young though, and those same attributes that are described as bad attitude could be used to a teams advantage if a coach has the management skills to exploit it.

    Zlatan had an appalling attitude according to himself, and former coaches at times through his career, but in the right environment those same attributes were key parts of him becoming the player he is.

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  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #40

    I’m still really hoping we bite the bullet and just pay up for Mitrovic!
    I hate all this ‘bad attitude’ talk the club seems to do! I’m guessing nearly all of my favourite players of the last 15 years would be labelled bad attitude by this board.
    Just think, if we signed only boy scouts we would never have seen Asprilla, Ginola , big dunc (loved him when on the pitch) HBA (ended sour but he gave us some moments) ever play for Newcastle. Im guessing they’d label Jonas bad attitude too!
    Seems their happy when a player uses that bad attitude to force a move to Newcastle on the cheap tho….
    Some of the best attitude players ive seen at NUFC have been some of the worst…. Williamson? Shola?

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