Things are heating up with Newcastle’s pursuit of QPR striker Charlie Austin, but there’s some new news tonight that the reason Newcastle are only willing to pay £12M for Austin and will not meet the £15M demanded by QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand is because of his long-standing shoulder problem.
The report is in the Mail but it’s hard to believe.
Charlie Austin – long term shoulder injury
Charlie failed a medical at Hull City back in 2013 and that was assumed to be because of the shoulder injury.
It seems that he damaged the bone and cartilage in his shoulder and that required surgery.
We looked on transfermarkt.com at his injury record, and he was out 116 days from March 6th, 2011 and missed 13 games because of that injury – but it doesn’t say what that injury was.
He had signed on at Burnley from Swindon Town in January of 2011.
But this is not the way to handle long term injury problems in a transfer – you don’t try to get him cheaper because of an injury he picked up.
Newcastle should check him out during his medical once a fee and personal terms have been agreed with QPR.
The medical staff at Newcastle should then make a determination if the injury is a problem – and if it is they should fail his medical and he wouldn’t join the Magpies.
While Charlie didn’t miss many games at all last season the Mail is reporting he did miss a number of games in QPR’s Championship winning season.
In fact he played 31 times in the league in 2013-2014, and scored 17 goals so he did miss 15 league games in that season.
But In the last four seasons he’s played 36, 37, 40 and 46 games starting from last season and going back – so it doesn’t seem like he misses too many games in the last four seasons.
In fact if he was at Newcastle that would be an excellent record, given all the injuries our players pick up every season.
It’s difficult to believe this is the reason Newcastle will not bid the £15M for Charlie.
It may be a concern that Newcastle have about the player whose 26th birthday was today – but it should be handled in the medical.