The news coming in from various sources in London tonight is that Crystal Palace, having all but wrapped up a £13M deal for former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye from PSG, are now moving fast to try to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin, who is Newcastle’s main target this summer.
Charlie Austin – Palace make move for striker
There are a host of clubs who have been after Charlie – who only just returned back from his honeymoon last weekend and things are expected to heat up for his signature this week.
Clubs interested in the striker include Newcastle, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Brom, West Ham and Leicester City.
Leicester are the only club to have bid for Charlie so far, and their £12M bid was immediately turned down by QPR Director of Football (Sir) Les Ferdinand – who wants (and will get) £15M for Charlie.
We would expect Palace to bid very close to the £15M being asked for, and if the bid’s accepted they will get the first shot at trying to close a deal with Charlie and his representatives.
There was news in the Mirror yesterday that Charlie is holding out for a bid from Newcastle, but whether there’s any truth in that – we don’t know.
Crystal Palace’s odds on them signing Austin have been dramatically cut to 3/1 on SkyBet with Newcastle still favorites at evens.
Bournemouth are third favorites at 6/1, but the south cost club are distancing themselves from being able to buy a £15M striker with the finances they have at the moment.
Alan Pardew’s new club is certainly ambitious in this window, and they seem to have plenty of money to spend – which is one reason Alan left Newcastle for the London club in early January.
Where’s Newcastle’s bid for Austin?