News today that Newcastle target Charlie Austin has now returned from his honeymoon, and the 26 year-old will be updated on the developments since he’s been away by his representatives, and also by his club.
So we could see some progress made on Newcastle’s potential deal for Austin this week, with the latest news being that Leicester City had a £12M bid turned down for him, and it really seems that QPR will simply hold out and finally get the £15M they want for Charlie.
Charlie Austin – back from his honeymoon
There was a report over the weekend that Newcastle are willing to offer QPR £15M for the striker, so that was potentially good news, but then in the Mail last night there was a strange report.
The Mail claimed Newcastle were only willing to offer £12M for the striker, because they were concerned about a shoulder injury Austin picked up a few years back.
But that’s not how to handle that – and first things first – Newcastle will have to have a bid accepted for the striker before we can do anything else.
£15M is what we should be bidding for what seems to be our highest priority target this summer.
Once we get that accepted, Newcastle will have to agree terms with Charlie, and then after that the medical will come.
So even if Newcastle get that far and have Charlie in for a medical, there is still a danger he could fail the medical as happened at Hull City in 2013 almost exactly two years ago.
That was on July 9th, and Austin does have a history of shoulder problems.
This is what Hull City manager Steve Bruce said at the time:
“There has been a bit of a problem with his medical, which is the worst scenario for everybody concerned.”
“It’s an awful situation we find ourselves in but the medical is not great so it looks as if it is a non-starter at the moment.”
“I think he is surprised because he has not missed many games over the last couple of years. It is a blow for him and a blow for us but these medicals are so stringent and obviously he has got a problem.”
Just over three weeks later he passed his medical to sign for QPR, and last season he was great for the London club, scoring 18 Premier League goals in 36 total appearances in his first Premier League season.
Now that Charlie is back in England things should pick up for his transfer this week, and we should get a better idea if we have a real chance of signing this excellent striker.