Latest Update On Charlie Austin


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.

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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.

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147 comments so far

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Charlie has just flushed the bog

    Anybody have any idea if Tiote is back in training? Was he in the pics the other day?

    He seems to have just disappeared.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    OP…Tiote was pictured the other day at training.

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  • Sammmy

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Prepare for the disappointment then…

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    What is Austins injury record actually like?

    OP – yes Tiote was in the training pictures from Wednesday, benefiting from a clean sweep!

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  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Quite often bad medicals are a device used by clubs who have a last minute change of heart on a player.
    Stoke were accused of it with Demba Ba when he was at Hoffenheim.

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  • cestriasteve

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    OP,
    Have you seen the size of his lass, Jesus she is huge. #feeder

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Slank,

    Yes. I can imagine lots of conversations between De Jong and Wilgy. I am imagining some now, which I will post later in support of my theories.

    The Wijnaldum story has a slight niff of Patrick Vieira about it to me. Could come off. Could soon be yesterday’s dodgy lead.

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    r.e. Daily Mail report, there has only been one newspaper that has been granted actual access to inside information at the club, and thats the mirror; therefore i’m more inclined to believe their stories.

    Sure, journalists will still get nuggets of information, but I’d expect the mirror to also get this information. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, means we have one paper which we can almost rely on for solid information, and it’s a news outlet which I actually really like.

    What I’m trying to say is take the shoulder story with a pinch of salt.

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  • Rozzy

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Alex Song £6m – £7m
    BARGIN !

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    This is what the Mirror says

    “Georginio Wijnaldum is in “early stage” talks with Newcastle over a £15million transfer.

    But the Dutch ace has a host of European clubs chasing his signature, and a deal to join the Geordies is said by Newcastle not to be imminent at this stage.

    He was said, by sources in Holland, to be close to signing for a “prestigious Premier League club”, with Newcastle at the head of the queue.”

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Just seen the link in a previous to Tiote, cheers.

    On the nufc digest story, I think the editor sold tfl a pup. I read 3 articles on there and they had been copied word for word from the chronicle fourfourtwo and Talksport. If anything it was closed for plagiarisim, if they’d stole work from papers and other sites I have no doubt they did the same with stories on the club site. So if Bishop got in touch it was to do with that more than printing a letter.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    It is that time, silly season, where there are simply too many differing pieces of information to know what is actually going on.

    My hope is that there is decent movements in the market, there isn’t any good reasons why we wouldn’t, but getting ones hopes up based on paper speculation, whether that be a preferred partner or not, is surely a lesson we should have learnt already?

    As we’ve seen time and time again, even if deals are genuine, they can go wrong at the very last minute. A player may even take a phone call during a meeting with the club. Would they still be able to justify a wage of £60k for someone so rude? 🙂

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    And on wages it says this.

    “Dutch title-winning Wijnaldum could command a £60,000-a-week deal, and negotiations are ongoing.”

    So if, as Ed says, other papers are going much stronger than this, rather than just re-hashing the Mirror story, I would be keen to see the links.

    Offering £60,000 a week would be a real sign of intent.

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  • banjax

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    ‘Nando maybe a replacement for Tiote or Sissoko – who knows. There’s no doubt there are players at the club who are not up to the standard needed for Newcastle to progress beyond just fighting to beat relegation and to achieve a Top Six finish. Players like, Rivera, Goufron, Williamson, Obertan, Taylor,Tiote and Ameobi. The lack of consistent high levels of performance in these players has blended with lack of skill and old age to give a squad that has just not been good enough and a demonstration that buying too cheap has brought us the failure of results to our club. Failure to buy spend on quality now will give us relegation next season, especially with the likes of West Ham, Swansea, Stoke, Southampton to name but a few who are doing just that.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Ceistrasteve

    I heard shes known as Eclipse by her friends

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    BandB…Wouldn’t it just.

    OP…Perhaps Bishop was a fan of the site as it had all NUFC news in one handy spot?

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    To answer my own question, I make it that Charlie Austin has played in approx. 66 matches in two seasons for QPR, missing 18 out of 84 League matches. Not being available for 20% matches does not seem a huge amount compared to some and they were not all shoulder related.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    lewspi

    is that the same mirror paper that had Austin deal done on the back pages a week or so ago

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  • mickalfas

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    More concerned about the lack of speculation about CB’s atm
    Winaljdum will be a great signing imo,as well as Austin/Mitrovic but no striker can make up for the donkeys we have at the back

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  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Martin Skrtel is unhappy with a clause in his new contract which states he must play at least 80% of games to be paid his full salary.
    Now here’s the thing
    Young Lubo Satka is Slovakian too. So what better mentor could he have than big Marty who at 30 must have a few seasons left.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 6, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #21

    Jib

    What makes you think there will not be an 80% clause in a NUFC contract?

    The fact Penfold is in charge of the paperwork perhaps!

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    Find it funny people saying “I trust the Mirror because they’re official Media partners” – Because it wouldn’t be beyond the club to plant a false story in the mirror that would:
    A. Appease fans as to a potential signing
    B. All the Mirror to flog some papers.
    Wake up people. Until a player is standing holding a Newcastle shirt take it all with a truck load of salt.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #23

    I maybe pulling at strings because I’m not a great fan of Austin but I looked at some of his stats for last year.

    He had a shot on target average of 64% that’s not very encouraging when most of his goals came in the 6yd box which bumped his average up.

    His pass completion rate was 64%, again not that great if you’re looking for a hold up player to bring others into the game.

    Someone saying he missed 20% of games also.

    If we sign him I hope he’s successfull but I’d stay well clear.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #24
  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    SuperShearer,

    A journalist from the Sun published an article recently, after Bird got stood up.

    He claimed the same thing happened to him when the Sun was preferred media partner last year.

    He’d get a steer about us being in pole position, publish his story….then nothing.

    He claimed he sometimes found out later that Newcastle had made no sort of approach or enquiry for the players he’d written about.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #26

    prime

    how many goals did he get through penalty’s

    its cos he is English and he scored in a poor team that’s what the fuss is about

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #27

    Beer

    3 if I rember right, 8 in the 6yd area. Only 1 goal outside pen area. He also missed a cpl pens 1 In league 1 in cup.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #28

    From what I understand from the preferred media partner, the sun had the same benifits as the mirror now gets.

    Once the club said they’d have to pay the sun pulled out. The mirror say the haven’t been asked to pay yet but claim they are unsure if they’d accept the deal.

    There was a article about it 2 weeks ago

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  • hibbit

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    beermonkey charlie austin is a good solid CF who can score goals far better then we have ……….can we buy better yes will we buy better NO

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #30

    @BandB, see, that’s exactly what I’m talking about. The club having these “Preferred Media Partners” is simply a way of them manipulating the press coverage they get to suit them. It all boils down to them still not knowing how to communicated with the fans or anyone else for that matter. All it really does is make the “non media partners” want to go after the club for negative reasons.
    Good PR is priceless and it’s something the club need to learn. AND FAST.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #31

    bandb

    I was surprised bird got caught out
    he knows all about Ashely and has written a couple of pieces on him

    prime

    not that we ever get a pen, but take those 3 of his total
    he scored 15 not to bad the only thing I think he has going for him is he has consistently scored more than 15 a season ok only 1 season in the prem but still he is consistent

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #32

    Super Shearer,

    I’m somewhat puzzled as to why any media organisation would want to enter into a good faith agreement with Newcastle United.
    I have no idea what they imagine is in it for them.

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  • Jib

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #33

    BandB

    Possibly selling Newspapers ?
    Just a thought

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Beer

    My problem is the type of goal he scored.
    A lot came from a scramble from a set piece, he wouldn’t get them here as we don’t get the ball past the first man.

    Not many came from open play, he’ll always get goals as he’s a 6yd poacher. Anyone could score his goals and for the type of player he is I’d keep Cisse and look elsewhere for a different type of striker.

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #35

    Fantastic,

    If we can all agree then that everyone involved has a vested interest in spouting tripe, then we needn’t base our own pet theories on things they publish.
    I’ll certainly be hoping to see some posters cutting back on the number of links to newspaper articles they post.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #36

    I can understand why the paper would want to get into bed with Ashley. They sell papers and at the end if it suits them they can dish the dirt. I doubt any publication in their right mind would sign and Non-Disclosure Agreement. What frustrates is that the club are so petty minded as to not realise that by alienating other publications you make enemies of the Fourth Estate. They can cause more issues by not letting them play than by just wiping the slate clean and saying “Right, come back, write what you want but if you write anything false and slanderous we will take legal action” – force the papers to have an actual story rather than something invented.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #37

    Cisse scored half the goals in a third of the games Austin did. NUFC were no where near as attacking as Qpr.
    No pens either.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #38

    prime

    think there looking to get rid of cisse and if we had been safe in an he would have been sold

    I think we have to look at the package at the club now the way McLaren sets up his teams and the new coaches

    mclarens goto formation is 433 and in the past 3 4 years we have done really playing 433 so I think were going to create a lot more chances so Austin or cisse will score

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    David Concha……off to join Moyes.

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 6, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #40

    *in jan not in an

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