There is a report in the Mirror that Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace, who are said to be close the signing former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye for £12M, will bid for Charlie Austin, and it will be a better offer than the £12M Leicester had turned down recently.
But in the same Mirror article it is their understanding that Austin is waiting for a move from Newcastle.
Austin in action against Newcastle
It looks like some of the London clubs fancy their chances that the recently wed Charlie may want to stay in London.
There is obviously a lot of speculation surrounding Austin, with a report over the weekend that he was even holding out for a move to Chelsea – but he wouldn’t get many games there.
If Charlie is enthralled with the idea of wearing the iconic number 9 shirt at Newcastle, then there is a chance Newcastle can pull this deal off.
It certainly didn’t hurt things when the great Alan Shearer hinted to Charlie via his Twitter account that he would be great at Newcastle, so there’s definitely a possibility he could want to move to Newcastle.
Lee Charnley seems to be close to getting Georginio Wijnaldum signed on from PSV, so perhaps if he can get the Dutchman tied up, then Lee’s next port of call could be for Austin.
Maybe Newcastle have even let Charlie and his representatives know that’s what the Newcastle plan is.
There again it could be another throw-away line in the Mirror, with not much behind it.
One this is certain though, and that is Lee Charnley and Newcastle will need to act quickly if we are to have any chance of getting the 26 year-old to Newcastle this summer – with other bigger clubs always likely to step in quickly and sign him – like Liverpool for instance.
The Chronicle reported today the decision on who Newcastle get in this summer is Lee Charnley’s to make (on behalf of the Newcastle Board) – so we are hoping that Ashley is not involved in the transfers.
The hope is that Ashley simply gives the Board a potful of money and the Board – led by Lee Charnley – have the responsibility to get players into the club.
Mike seems to have taken himself out of the decision-making process on football issues at Newcastle.
Maybe Lee doesn’t even have to get the go-ahead from Mike Ashley on the transfer fee – although that may be wishful thinking.