30 year-old Billy Paynter is a friend of Charlie Austin’s who used to play with Austin while they were at Swindon Town together, and Billy has been exchanging texts with Charlie while the QPR striker is on his honeymoon.
It’s not too surprising that Charlie is saying he is still undecided as to which club he will join in the summer, and we see that as good news for Newcastle.
Billy Paynter and Charlie Austin at Swindon
It seems that Newcastle and West Ham are the two clubs favored to sign him, with Newcastle fans desperate to get him to the club.
That would be a massive signing for us and lift some of the doubts that are growing during this summer’s transfer window,
The report is in the Shields Gazette and this is what 30 year-old Scouser Paynter had to say:
“I knew back then that Charlie had the potential to play in the Premier League,”
“He was a natural finisher. Everything is instinct with him, and if the ball is coming into his feet then he is always looking to get a shot off, which always catches the keeper off guard.”
“I’m not surprised he has gone on to better things.” “We still keep in touch – we speak every now and again – and I wish him all the best.”
“I am texting him to see where he is moving to, or if he is moving, but he isn’t giving anything anyway!”
“There are a few teams that have been sniffing around, and I’m sure QPR will want to try and keep him.” “But he doesn’t know where he is going yet.”
“Swindon was my most prolific spell in football, and I had a good partnership with Charlie Austin,” “It was one of those spells where every time I was going out on the pitch I felt like I was going to score.”
“I was happy and it was a comfortable environment for me.”
Paynter was at Swindon from 2007-2010 and Charlie Austin was there from 2009 – 2011 so they played there for about a year.
Charlie scored 37 goals in 65 appearances for Swindon, and he’s scored goals wherever he’s gone.
There were rumors that his wife Bianca didn’t want to move to Newcastle, but it’s not clear if that has any truth to it.
News in the last day or so is that West Brom are joining the chase for Austin, and newly promoted Bournemouth are also interested – as are Southampton.
But this player has to be Newcastle’s top target this summer and he would be a great signing for us.
He’s worth £15M to Newcastle – so we should be willing to pay it and also give him the number 9 shirt.
The players return today for pre-season training, and we are still waiting to hear what Steve McClaren’s coaching staff is.
You can never accuse Newcastle of being good communicators.