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.
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?