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Leicester Could Beat Newcastle To Charlie Austin

8:26 am, Saturday, July 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

Leicester are after QPR striker Charlie Austin and put in a bid of £12M for him in the last day or two, which was turned down, but they are reported to be ready to go back in with a higher offer to get their man.

Newcastle seem to be waiting in the wings unwilling to bid that kind of money for the man who scored 18 goals in only 36 appearances last season.

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Charlie Austin – Newcastle haven’t bid yet

While we don’t know what exactly is happening behind the scenes, it seems that once again Newcastle are unwilling to pay good money for a good player, and the Leicester bid seems to have come out of the blue as far as Newcastle are concerned.

We have no idea why Newcastle haven’t put in a bid yet for Austin, but they have discussed a deal with QPR for their striker.

Newcastle are again playing the waiting game – which is not unusual for Newcastle when it comes to having to spend some money.

Southampton and West Ham are also interested in the player, and both clubs are not shy in spending money, and they are both aggressive in the transfer market once they go after a player.

The news today is that Charlie is unwilling to accept any offer until he knows if Chelsea are interested in signing him, so that will come as (more) bad news for Newcastle.

If Charlie goes to Chelsea then he could be sitting on the bench a lot, as Loic Remy found out last season, with Diego Costa their main striker and Jose Mourinho playing only one striker up front.

Chelsea have also just announced a season long loan deal for Radamel Falcao with an option to make the deal permanent next summer, and Jose is said to be looking for another striker – maybe to replace Lois Remy.

There will be a lot of competition at Chelsea for Charlie – much more than he will get at Newcastle, Leicester or Southampton, but it appears he may be willing to join them.

He will get huge wages at Chelsea even if he doesn’t play much, but Austin will want to be in England’s squad for Euro 2016 next summer in France, and he needs to play regularly to be selected.

But Newcastle’s unwillingness to pay out the money could mean that even if Chelsea turn out to be not interested, then either Leicester, Southampton or West Ham (or some other club) could outbid us for the striker who turns 26 tomorrow.

It appears that Leicester are the first club to make an offer for Austin, so push could come to shove over the weekend, but with the club without a manager, they are not in a good position unless they appoint a good manager very soon.

And so Newcastle’s waiting game continues – we really had hoped the club would be a lot more aggressive this summer than they have shown so far.

That’s especially true after we only just avoided relegation last season with promises from Mike Ashley that money is available – but even when it’s available it seems the club are unwilling to spend too much of it.

£15M for Charlie Austin is worth every penny given the position Newcastle are in right now.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Bamford will be their 3rd choice if Remy leaves, he’d be happy to play 3rd fiddle just to get into the squad and get a few minutes here and there – cant see anyone else being happy to do that in Euro year.

    I said yesterday i think our hand will be forced with Austin by another club bidding the 15m, then we have to decide if we match it or not.

  • 2 Reyantoon // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    I think Austin is overrated.I’ll be happy if we get him but don’t think he is a must signing.There are better options out there like Ntep,Icardi,Fekir.
    Just because we may not sign Austin doesn’t mean we are a failure.Besides,most players we have been linked so far are unproven and are gamble -related players.So i think it’s fair decision imo not to rush in to gamble signings!!

  • 3 bobby mango // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Well I guess it’s only right they outgun us. I mean you can’t seriously expect us to be able to compete with the likes of mighty Leicester… Or villa, Stoke, Sunderland, Bournemouth, Derby…

  • 4 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Talking of young attacking midfielders.
    What do you think of Nathan Redmond ?

  • 5 Reyantoon // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    But I have a feeling we’ll end up with Loic Remy!

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    You can check back my posts since before he joined Norwich. I would have had him at the Toon long ago. I think he is a cracking talent, a far better player than Ince or Zaha, yet they got more hype. Norwich would be crazy to let him go now, but I’d prefer we went for him over Thauvin.

    On thread, if Leicester beat us to him, then that would be very disappointing and pretty damning if we really have been trying to get him here as one of our top targets. However I’d prefer Mitrovic so if we got him instead, then I wouldn’t be too upset.

  • 7 Charlietoon // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    I think the lad is settled in London and is waiting for bids from those respective clubs. It’s a shame because the club has set itself up as a stepping stone club but instead of recruiting the likes of Bony for 10 mill and selling them on for $25 we seem more likely to get 2 $4’s and a $2 and hope they turn into a $10. We end up with a squad lacking in quality for the sake of gambling.

  • 8 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    It is all very well saying Austin scored 18 goals in 36 matches.
    The fact remains that QPR were crap and got relegated .
    I wonder how many of Charlies goals were scored late in matches when QPR were already beaten and opposition defenses were relaxed .

  • 9 giimps // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    I don’t think we have ever been in a bidding war for any player under the slugs stewardship, and we never will, the only way we will get any player is if we blindside a club with a contract release fee and nobody else is aware of it or not willing to risk the fee …or… The player is in the last year of his contract or a sick note with possible career threatening injury looming.
    Our business model does not allow for bidding wars , we make an offer what we are prepared to pay upfront, take it or leave it ,if we don’t get the player we just move down the list to the next cheapest player……’s great being a toon fan under this business model

  • 10 sing in the corner // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    Works both ways though Jib, of course. How many would he have scored in a functioning team where he would have higher percentage of chances created for him? I think 18 / 36 is a good return for a striker in a poor team struggling for balance between scoring / conceding..

  • 11 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Not that impressive

  • 12 swemag // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Remy would be a good buy but it seems Mourinho does not want to sell.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    The fact QPR were awful makes it more impressive he got the goals he did I think.

    11 of his goals were in games that QPR took points from.
    4 equalisers which they then went on to concede again and lose
    3 late goals when already more than a goal behind

    He also got 7 assists in the Prem last season as well.

  • 14 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Fair points
    I’m just putting it out there
    Actually didn’t they use the same argument with Cisse and SC Freiburg , and I think we can say Cisse came good.

  • 15 sing in the corner // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    His missus is currently scouring the designer boutiques in balmy Dubai, followed by an entourage of bag carriers. Ultimately she’ll be in his ear chirping on about not wanting to head ‘up norf”.

  • 16 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Did you miss my Q @4 ?

  • 17 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Jib @8

    and how many fewer chances did he get than most playing in that horrible team?

    He is an english target man who can score and the ball sticks when it goes into him – we need more strength and toughness through the spine of our team and I would be more than happy having him as CF – the dream would be Shawcross at CB and either Tiote returns to his old, old form or we get another similar type in there too.

  • 18 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Have the TOON ever said they are after Austin – for that matter have they put in a bid for any-one

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Responded to it at 6.

  • 20 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Austins Grandad Ozzie is a big influence in his life and still lives in Hungerford , which is only 115 miles from Leicester.

  • 21 nut meg // Jul 4, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    I would take Charlie Austin but for the same (rumors) price I’d much rather take Aleksandar Mitrovic, has huge potential.

  • 22 Jib // Jul 4, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Ty Lilo

  • 23 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 4, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Giimps @9 has elucidated our transfer policy very neatly. It’s the same model Ashley uses to get the cheapest available product out of the sweat-shops he plunders for Sports Direct.

  • 24 mactoon // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    He is an ideal player for us for a great price but not impressed with his aspirations if he wants to go to Chelsea where he would be at best 4th choice for a team that plays one up front.

  • 25 KevinLee // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Even no manager Leicester better than Fuxk Mike Team

  • 26 Toon Tang // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    There’s NO WAY we can ever compete with Leicester in the transfer market. NO WAY

  • 27 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 4, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Mactoon – the other way to look at it is that he might have the self belief to think he could become the number one striker at Chelsea. That’s a better gig than Leicester or Newcastle, you’d have to say.

  • 28 vipgreek // Jul 4, 2015 at 12:14 PM


  • 29 leonado_keng // Jul 4, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    We will get one new player ?
    We will spend more than 1 penny ?

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