The Express are rather surprisingly reporting late tonight that Newcastle have moved into pole position to sign our top target – QPR striker Charlie Austin – but we wonder if this report can be believed.
Charlie Austin – Newcastle in pole position
The latest news is that Southampton have offered close to the required £15M for Austin – £13.75M – but the report is that Steve McClaren and the Newcastle Board have come in with an even higher offer.
We find that a little hard to believe, and we know the Saints are serious when they go after any target, and £13.75M is above what we’ve been told Newcastle have been willing to offer in the past – which is said to be around £10M.
The news is that the Saints are still keen on the player but that West Ham and Chelsea are watching developments, and seem unwilling to offer the £15M that QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand wants for his top player.
We think Charlie is worth £15M to Newcastle, so we are hoping this report is accurate and that we’ve offered the £15M or very close to it to QPR – but we have our doubts.
However there’s been news today that Newcastle will offer the Englishman the famous number 9 shirt to join the club, and there has also news today that our current number 9 Papiss Cisse will be sold in the summer, with the club now willing to listen to offers.
So at least that seems to back up this report – kind of.
Charlie had a great first season in the Premier League last term, scoring 18 Premier League goals in just 36 appearances for relegated QPR.
Newcastle need a big breakthrough like this in the transfer market this summer, if we are to put the Geordie pride back into Newcastle United.
Charlie Austin would be a fantastic signing for us.
We hope the report is true.
What do you think?