The Express is reporting on Sunday that Steve McClaren thinks the good relationship he formed with Charlie Austin when Steve was at QPR for three months two years ago, could tip the balance Newcastle’s way in being able to sign the in-demand QPR striker, who is still on honeymoon after being married last weekend.
Charlie Austin – Newcastle moving in for the striker
The news is that Newcastle are now willing to pay £15M to get the deal completed, after the London club rejected a £12M bid from Leicester late last week.
That’s all that’s in the Express report, but if it’s true it means that Newcastle are moving in and bidding what QPR are asking for Charlie, and the bid therefore should be accepted – always assuming the Express report is accurate.
With Lee Charnley in charge of transfers along with the new Board of Directors, it’s not clear whether owner Mike Ashley has to sanction each bid made by Newcastle this summer.
But if he has, then it looks like the Newcastle owner has given the go-ahead to bid what QPR are asking for their prized asset, and that would be good news for Geordie fans.
Newcastle bidding for Austin this weekend is also consistent with local news reports which suggested this weekend would be a crucial one for Newcastle in their moves for some of our top targets.
We are hoping this report is accurate and the next step should be that QPR accept the bid, which would allow Newcastle to be the first club to talk to Austin about terms, and we hope they offer him a good deal.
Charlie Austin signing for Newcastle would be a huge step forward in the transfer window for Newcastle this summer, and would definitely help us to bring in some of our other targets.