Report – Charlie Austin Waiting On Newcastle Offer

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

159 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    I’ve thought this for a while.
    We are having a good sniff around Europe for strikers
    Charlie Austin is the Toons plan B.
    The thought that Chelsea would take him is laughable.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Who recently pointed out on here that Austin couldn’t score against our crap defence? A sobering thought.

  • nut meg

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d still much prefer Mitrovic if possible, better all round player from what I’ve seen.

  • Whumpie

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d be very happy to see him here. But the club have painted themselves into a corner here: people like Austin will only sign when they see very clear evidence that the club is going to change its ambitions and policies comprehensively. Too many have come here only to find that they work for an advertising company that doesn’t give a fish’s tit about football.

    As the club seems to have no intention of changing, I don’t really see how they can tempt anyone who’s been paying attention over the past 7 years.

  • Sammmy

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    I think Austin is the best out of all the strikers we’ve been linked with. Hopefully we can get the lad ‘over the line.’

  • Whumpie

    Jul 8, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #6

    I do think we need more Brts in here, to get some real grit back. We’ve had too many from overseas who are just overwhelmed, and go missing whenever things get rough.

    So yes, get me an overpriced Brit rather than more naive but exciting-sounding foreign players. They may not sound as good in headlines, but they could give us some backbone again.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    will die for the toon army…because you don’t get enough games out of Cisse a season.

    When he hits a goal draught he will hits a draught…

  • nightfa11

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    We should go for mitrovic or carroll instead.. Austin is ok..But 15 Mio? Really? He doesnt contribute to build up play, hes a fox in the cisse, But cant do anything else and like sbd else said on this blog a while back..Austin spored 18 goals..But I think 5 were penalties and many came when qpr were few goals behind and oppositions defence was down..and hes got a bad shoulder.. Injury is not big of a problem.. Clubs pay insurances and if sbd gets injured they get their money back.. But we could get carroll who is 3x the player for 5 Mio less, or mitrovic who is way younger and already better.. 15 Mio for austin is a joke..

  • lesh

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Instead of Charnley letting it be known of any plans viz no.9 shirt, it’d make more sense to stop pi$$ing about and get an acceptable offer in for Austin, then talk to him.

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    You have a very strange idea about how young millionaire fotballers think.

    “Austin will only sign when he sees very clear evidence that the club is going to change its ambitions and policies comprehensively.”

    What ?

    He’s an ex bricklayer that now earns more than he could have imagined 6 years ago !

    He’ll go for the biggest payday

    He’s a centre forward not Bertrand Russell

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    I suppose the counter-argument is that with the magically-restored SDJ and Aarons, Cissé will get better support. But I take your point.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    I really don’t think Austin is as high up premier league clubs priorities as is being made out! He obviously needs to move, easy press speculation for journos mixed with his agent trying to smoke out a move.
    I’d take a guess he probably fancies a move to somewhere like Spurs or West Ham and neither have shown an interest! Following that, Newcastle, Southampton, Leicester and Bournemouth have probably enquired but want him on the cheap. Will take him if its a bargain…
    Personally, I don’t think he’s all that much cop. QPR created a lot of chances last year, they’re problem was shipping them at the over end, his chance conversion rate isn’t all that fantastic
    My bet is, he’ll sign for Villa when they sell Benteke…

  • Whumpie

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    I think Austin would work well with SDJ…. if they can both be uncrocked at the same time. I’d rather him than taking a punt on Mitrovic fitting in, and he’d be up to speed much quicker too.

    English players are just overpriced – but after so many failed, uncommitted and slow-to-settle newcomers to the PL, it’s becoming clear why.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    @Jib – bang on there! I think a couple of other things will come into play. Can’t see him signing for a club with none or little premier league experience like Bournemouth, Norwich, Watford or Leicester who will probably be fighting down at the bottom.
    Reckon he’ll go to a palace, villa, stoke that will probably see him notch most of the rest of his career in the premier league

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Funniest headline I’ve read today

    Dynamic Lee Charnley in Holland.
    Dynamic? Really

    Austin’s waiting for NUFC, so by that I take it we haven’t offered a penny 🙂

    I hope we are looking elsewhere.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Thinking back to who we were saying we’d get rid of yesterday.

    If the likes of Taylor, Williamson, Bigi etc. were to get given the boot, there’d be at least one or two homegrown talents needed to be brought in.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Ron…there always the chance of that of course, but I just don’t feel we get enough games out of him and his a poacher with a big P!

    We don’t seem to play that well with a poacher. Would rather we upgraded him. If we keep him I think we’ll only sign one forward.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18


  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #19


    Yeah i mentioned that yesterday. Unfortunately that eats into the transfer budget badly. Inflated prices for HG players has become a big problem.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Perhaps if he promised never to spit again …

  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #21

    Would love the Mitrovic signing. Reckon he’s really got something.
    McClaren is an enigma with how he’ll set up. He’s played differently at every club…
    At Boro he played 4-4-2, deep, containing football,
    At England I’m pretty sure he went with pace in a 4-4-2, lots of crosses
    At Twente he went 4-3-3 Which was almost 4-2-1-3 as the AM was virtually behind the striker.
    At Wolfsburg – 4-4-2 but almost all out attack
    At Forest – No idea… didn’t stay long enough
    At Derby 4-3-3 with a big hold up centre forward, inverted wingers and midfielders playing almost tiki-taka possession….

    Really interested if we sign Wijnaldum to see how him, De Jong, Sissoko Perez, Riviere and possibly Cabella all fit seeing as all prefer to be #10

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Ron… 🙂

    Lets see if we can land a forward before sell Cisse

  • Lost Plot

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #23

    Edin Džeko £20mil .. Allowed to hold talks with Roma

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24


    On Townsend it has to be a joke! He would be lucky to be worth half of 15 mil. These English players valuations are mad to me.

    Crazy day today. Alot of speculation, im hoping atleast one of them is true.

  • John Tudor

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #25

    no buys…… sorry but it is boodbyes

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Jonny Evans is the man we want and home grown too, plus Craig Dawson. Then we can also get a foreign Striker, if they would only stop messing about with midfielders.

  • andrewsneill

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #27

    Personally i’d ditch Cisse and Riviere and get both Austin and Mitrovic (on top of the creative midfielder, winger and two defenders we need). Probably cost £25m between them but hopefully we’d get near £10m back from the sales.


  • Tsunki

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #28

    It won’t have escaped the Eagle eyed observer that I’ve said nothing at all about Charlie boy. That’s because I hope we aren’t in for him. We should be aiming higher than this.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #29


    Any man who can score 18 league goals in a team which got relegated, and is English (not because of the character bullcrap, but because of the homegrown quota), is a goer for me.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #30

    I’d keep a couple of those HGs! Willo id happily see the back off but Taylor when fit is our best centre half. Bigirimana is young enough to come through still though he must be edging towards last chance saloon.

    To be honest, if theres one thing Leicester proved last year, and Burnley to a degree despite relegation is that there are HG players in the division below that are good enough to play in the premier league.
    To name a few I think would cut it:
    Michail Antonio (Forest)
    Jeff Hendrick, Chris Martin and Will Hughes (Derby)
    Rhodes and Henley (Blackburn)
    Byram (Leeds)
    Dunk (Brighton)
    Just to name a few, all could move this summer.

    In recent years the championship has raised its level and is now on par with lesser leagues in Europe like the dutch league, possibly (top5 aside ) ligue 1, Portugal etc
    This season saw Austin, Ings, Vardy all come up and take to the premier league better than more expensive foreign signings.
    Would bet my life on Deeney being better than any of those 3 next year, that lad is a England player in the making! Think Bournemouth have a really top potential striker too?
    The value is slightly better for English players, the fees are higher but the potential value is also much higher.
    In a world where Harry Kane and Raheem Stirling are worth 50m+ and Bale would cost £90m I reckon theres a lot to be said for slightly over paying for younger English players

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #31


    That’s a great post and I’m inclined to compeletely agree

  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #32

    @lindisfarne – how the hell is jonny evans only 27! Might be confusing him with o’Shea but I thought he was in his 30’s!
    Hes a top defender but not sure why Man Utd would allow him to go…. for me he was their best defender last year

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #33

    With the existing players we have I would like to see a 343 formation, two agile defenders that can move out to the flanks; a tall ball playing CD that can drop back and also bring the ball out; wing backs providing width and crosses; two midfield work horses; a playmaker; and two strikers that can stretch the opposition defence across the pitch and exploit gaps. Creating a midfield diamond with two strikers and wingers providing the width.

    —————————-de Jong
    ————————ball playing CD

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #34

    David Billows who came to NUFC last Summer heralded as one of the best young fitness coaches in the land has pitched up in the Basque country helping David Moyes with Real Sociedad

    I hope he has more success with the Spaniards than he had with us

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #35


    Evans is being pushed down the pecking order at MU, behind signings, plus Smalling and Jones and yet to be given an extension. If he wants to stay match fit and stand a chance of taking NI to the Euros, he needs to stay in the first team.

  • GloucesterGeordie

    Jul 8, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #36

    With Roma reportedly in for dzeko, would anybody fancy taking Doumbia? Apparently he’s being offered about, I think we could do with some pace up top and this lads lightning quick! I reckon he could really do a job in the prem

  • jayphoto

    Jul 8, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #37

    Jib- Can’t believe Billows was responsible for our injury record. We’ve had too many top of their field fitness guys come in and we’ve always had injury problems
    Remember Souness? blaming the training pitches, could be anything though, maybe even the temperature? Too many top fitness coaches have tried and failed to fix it…
    Got a mate who freelanced as a conditioning coach under Allardyce. Remember him saying a problem then (obvs that’s a while back) was that most of the players had bad attitudes and didn’t put the effort into training as it was cold and rainy a lot and just wanted to go home the minute they got there… He said Viduka was the worst attitude and Andy Carroll was the weakest mentally and actually cried once because training was too hard aswell as be physically sick a few times, hes shocked Carroll made it as a pro.
    He also interestingly said Milner was a machine. Trained harder than anyone and was the most professional athlete hes ever worked with

  • Jib

    Jul 8, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Milner a machine
    Pah !
    Until you’ve seen me on me exercise bike you ain’t seen nothing

  • beefman13

    Jul 8, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #39

    As we know everything is about the deal with MA but football is so different to his other interests, this holding on for as long as possible and we can get them cheaper in the next window etc has brought us so much misery, he has chanced it to many times, yea sign them later to save money in wages as well, thats the norm isnt it.

    Mclaren has already started with the be patient patter, we are bloody frustrated fella, beyond belief, we know as supporters that our club buys when its best and cheapest!! not because we are making sure we get our man, cos many have slipped through the net, we need players in now and not 2 or 3 this club needs at least 6 in, we have the cart now get the fcukin players bolted on,NOW!

  • Blofal

    Jul 8, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #40

    I agree with a lot of the comments in that I’d prefer Mitrovic over Austin.

    Don’t get me wrong Austin is a good striker. However a good chunk of his goals last season were opportunistic goal line scraps and tap ins or penalties. The goal against Soton however was pure class.

    Mitrovic has a much more well rounded game. Problem is I think he will go to a bigger club than us.


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