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Report – Charlie Austin Waiting On Newcastle Offer

9:37 am, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 159 Comments

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.

paul dummett charlie austin

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.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

159 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    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.

  • 2 Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:42 AM

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

  • 3 nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:48 AM

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

  • 4 Whumpie // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    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.

  • 5 Sammmy // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    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.’

  • 6 Whumpie // Jul 8, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    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.

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    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…

  • 8 nightfa11 // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    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..

  • 9 lesh // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    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.

  • 10 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    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

  • 11 Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:11 AM

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

  • 12 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    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…

  • 13 Whumpie // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    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.

  • 14 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    @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

  • 15 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    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.

  • 16 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    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.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    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.

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:19 AM


  • 19 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:20 AM


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

  • 20 Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Perhaps if he promised never to spit again …

  • 21 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    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

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Ron… 🙂

    Lets see if we can land a forward before sell Cisse

  • 23 Lost Plot // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:25 AM

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

  • 24 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:28 AM


    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.

  • 25 John Tudor // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    no buys…… sorry but it is boodbyes

  • 26 Lindisfarne // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    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.

  • 27 andrewsneill // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    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.


  • 28 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    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.

  • 29 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:34 AM


    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.

  • 30 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    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

  • 31 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:41 AM


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

  • 32 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    @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

  • 33 Lindisfarne // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    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

  • 34 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    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

  • 35 Lindisfarne // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:50 AM


    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.

  • 36 GloucesterGeordie // Jul 8, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    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

  • 37 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    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

  • 38 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:08 AM

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

  • 39 beefman13 // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    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!

  • 40 Blofal // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    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.

  • 41 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    And Mitchell Stark puts his back out with the 1st ball – I wish

  • 42 Slank // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    ayphoto @ 21

    The various formations that you say McClaren has used in his various clubs would suggest that he selects a formation that is geared to the skills and strengths of the players he has at his disposal as opposed to trying to shoehorn players into positions that they are not naturally suited.

    This must be good although I have no idea what he may come up for us.

  • 43 nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Football Oranje are saying that according to De Telegraaf we have agreed a fee for Wljnaldum.

  • 44 Slank // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:16 AM

    * come up with for us

  • 45 surreytoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Ditto Daily Mail – fee agree £15m, player invited to Newcastle for talks, Everton interest, let’s hope they don’t scupper the deal

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Jay…if any of them can give us 35 games a season I’ll gladly have an open mind to any of them!

    I don’t see the point in keeping those players here who are given us the games…

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    *are = aren’t

  • 48 mickalfas // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Totally agree
    If only we had an owner with ambition to make us into one of the biggest clubs in Europe ,there’d be no problem
    Extend the stadium,invest in the squad ,we all know the fanbase is there
    With his scrimping and saving were on a par with Stoke ,its a joke

  • 49 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Lewspi yeah I have seen that a few times, they had an abysmal defence but they still scored in virtually every game they lost, except you the big lads where they got humped big style 🙂 it suggests that had curiously a reasonable attack. I’m just not sure it’s down to Austin’s ability or their reasonable attacking midfield service. In any case what I’m saying is I’m a bit sceptical about him continuing to do well and certainly not here with the famine of opportunities this bunch will afford. If just rather see us going for a decent money striker.

  • 50 Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:23 AM


    you had me going there!!! Just hope the test team are as enterprising as the new look one day lot, who took the game to the kiwis and played without fear. Not sure though with ultra defensive cook as captain.

  • 51 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    The factors in Charnleys favour

    Dutch internationals deJong Janmaat Anita and Krul at the club.

    McClaren known and respected in Holland

    Sir Bobby is as fondly remembered at PSV as at SJP

  • 52 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Not too worried about Evertons interest in Wjinaldum! They have very little to offer that we don’t have. Lukaku aside their wage structure is less than ours, No European football either and a smaller ground etc and Liverpool is no more desirable than Newcastle. Outside of England Everton is no bigger a name than Newcastle.
    Plus we have a fair few players Wjinaldum will personally know. Krul, Janmaat, De Jong, possibly Anita….
    Newcastle have a history of getting players into their national sides and the volume of dutch players we have will mean we’re watched closer by the Netherlands management and be focused more on tv.
    We also have a manager that speaks dutch (not being sarcastic, he actually does) AND has a reputation for working a miracle in eredivisie!
    Just throwing a rumour out there but there was talk in Holland that Penfold is tying up a deal for Joel Veltman whilst hes in Amsterdam….

  • 53 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Cook out for 1 !!!!

  • 54 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Sorry twas Lyth

  • 55 overtheline // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    If we got Wij, and Austin – I’d not complain too much – though Mitrovic is a notch up the scale from Charlie and is better as a player investment – which is what the management are trying to do. But if Austin is hungry to be a 20 goal a season man that’ll deliver.

    If we have all these 10 goal a season creative AMs as well as Aarons etc as wide players then we do need the goal poachers – Cisse and Austin between them can cover that base pretty well.

    I’d love to see SDJ and WIj playing alongside each other – great backbone for a side.

  • 56 martoon // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    jayphoto @37 – I could well believe that about Milner – despite playing for some top teams and an international he always comes across as down to earth & grounded. I seem to remember he used the PFA reps rather than have an agent (although that may have changed now) – I wish we still had him!

  • 57 nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Jib / Jay
    Don’y forget the airport is just a kick in the arse away,1 hour to Amsterdam.

  • 58 John Tudor // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    @52 more money and an owner who gives a shit

  • 59 Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Cabaye to be paid £100,000 a week at Palace.

  • 60 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    nut meg
    yea thats a plus
    by the way how do you know you naughty boy

  • 61 Slank // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Jib & Jay

    Whilst Wjinaldum would like CL, as is natural for all top players, realistically he knows (as Cabaye is a good example) that there are few opportunities available in CL teams in the top domestic leagues.

    Almost certainly he could get CL in a team in a minor domestic league but he wouldn’t get any where near the level of international exposure that comes with playing regularly in the top league like the Premiership.

    He should feel at home with all the other Dutch players at the club. I presume, like almost all Dutch people, that he speaks good English. He should have no problems settling into life in the UK and the Premiership.

    Let’s hope the stories coming out now are true.

  • 62 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Go you aussies

  • 63 Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:42 AM


    The aussies when they bat score quickly and put other teams under pressure from the get go. England barely score 250 runs in a day these days.

  • 64 nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    What I do behind someone else’s closed door is my business only.

  • 65 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    OH NO !!!
    A Wallaby with a Geordie accent

  • 66 nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Sorry can’t add a smiley.

  • 67 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Wat gebeurt er in Amsterdam
    Verblijven in Amsterdam

  • 68 nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Doe’s mean something like wink wink, say no more ?

  • 69 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    What happens in Amsterdam

    you know the rest

  • 70 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    @Martoon – Milner just signed for £165k a week at Liverpool…. if the PFA negotiated that for him it’d be the end of agents everywhere!
    Agree we should never have sold Milner. Don’t think I’ve ever seen him have a bad game. Posts a solid 7.5-8 out of 10 every game he plays. Rarely injured too which would link to the training hard I suppose.
    Be happy if we replace the French contingent with Dutch players at NUFC. They seem to on the whole settle better, have a bit more heart etc
    The academies at Feyenoord and Ajax really seem to start players off in the world of football the right way.
    Read Ibra’s book and he talked about the discipline at Ajax being almost akin to a school house.
    Its rare you see players that have graduated either academy go on to cause trouble and disrupt squads.

  • 71 nut meg // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    I’ve heard rumors ….but innocent your honor.

  • 72 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Secure your season tickets today! Email I just got. No thanks, not just yet.

  • 73 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    When Cook slotted that 4
    Starc looked like he was going to blow a gasket

  • 74 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:53 AM

    Sorry it was Johnson

  • 75 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Anyone catch Olivier Bernard on Talksport last night? Was driving back from London, was a decent show!
    Shocker of a Geordie accent though! He sounds like cantona crossed with Gascoigne!
    Had some great stories about the robson days, seemed to absolutely love the area and the club!

  • 76 ronjohno // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    If NUFC lose out to Everton then Charnley should be hung out to dry – it will show his complete unsuitability for the job. If decisions are made by “committee” then decisions will take forever. You do not need a degree to know that in transfers immediate action needs to be taken. If Charnley has actually got off his arse (i actually think his face is his arse) then why not try something different and take McClaren or De Jong with him to “sell” NUFC to the player.
    If the deal had been done when first mooted then Everton
    would not have been in with a shout.

  • 77 Lindisfarne // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    “”Cathro states that total commitment is needed from coaches and players, though with an emphasis on ball work as well as getting in the right physical condition.””

  • 78 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Milners agent is some bod called Jason Ferguson
    Prolly a solicitor at a guess

  • 79 Lindisfarne // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Cabaye on £100K a week, Pardew is a Muppet.

  • 80 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Aha it’s SAF son

  • 81 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 11:58 AM


    Way aye cobber…

  • 82 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    SAF’s lad would be the one who was certainly not involved in any shady or questionable dealings with transfers a few years ago. No nepotism, no conflict of interests, nada.

  • 83 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Lindisfarne is that for real? 100k? Imagine what he’d be asking for if he had been a regular first team starter for PSG?

  • 84 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    I really hope the stories in N’Zonzi are true, one big thing lacking for us last season was protection for the back 4. I’d be happy to get rid of Anita or Tiote for N’Zonzi and Cabella oot for Wijinaldum

  • 85 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    As Slank says, playing CL is not the be all and end all of footy progress. Take Celtic and rangers for example, regular cl participants but hardly a shop window for talent, more a second tier bus stop with a decent paypacket. There are plenty of teams in poor leagues in Europe qualifying for cl but they get nowhere and for nowt. Hardly a dream gig for an ambitious international.

  • 86 Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    As exclusively revealed by me @59!!! (Via The Chronic)

  • 87 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    Excellent bit of business by spurs today, the new stadium the are building will have a retractable grass pitch with artificial grass underneath which will be used to host a minimum of 2 NFL games per season over 10 years.

    Best business of the season that, a real money spinner for Spurs….clever!!

  • 88 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    Ah cheers Ron! it’s a joke though, surely?

  • 89 Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    P45 moves in mysterious ways!

  • 90 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Out Toon @ 84 well said. Unfortunately some of the brains on here put the blame directly on the back four when the reality was the rot started in our lack of midfield cohesion. Not saying the back four weren’t pants though you understand…

  • 91 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    I’d have pegged cabaye as doing well getting around 60k but them I’m mean like that 🙂

  • 92 Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    For a 100K per week you’d expect to get a much more consistent player.

  • 93 Ron Knee // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    England collapse. Now that’s consistency!

  • 94 lochinvar // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    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.

    Hope he tells Winjaldum that the Strawberry will be renamed ” de aardbie” and that we have a Dutch team as the core and that Darras Hall is close to KLM flights to Amsterdam for weekend trips.
    Everton can’t offer any of that !

    Orange juice anyone ?

  • 95 John Tudor // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    3 words
    john lennon airport

  • 96 beefman13 // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Chunki, of course if their is a weak midfield that puts extra pressure on our defense, thats a granted, but our defenders were maybe the worst in toon history at defending corners and crosses,

  • 97 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Agreed Ron Knee. Cabaye had as many ordinary games for us as good ones. And for me he always came across as a typically mercenary little French prick. If Palace are prepared to pay him £100k a week I think that’s fine. Let them bleed..

  • 98 bobby mango // Jul 8, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    That’s right, leave a top target, a ‘must have’ waiting whilst we go for a ‘nice to have’
    Not sure if this story is true but if it is in the slightest it proved charnley is a stupid f&ckw1t

  • 99 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Charnleys next port of call should be Brussels
    to sign up Mitrovic

  • 100 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    first season in 16 years we’ve not had to watch an Ameobi at some point or other… I’d say that’s reason to toast a glass!

  • 101 Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:11 PM


    I would be very happy, nay delirious, if we got Mitrovic, Winaldjum and Matip and shifted willo, saylor and woodman senior.

    As for the cricket thank god for R-O-O-T

  • 102 Novocastrian66 // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    It appears Cabaye has finally got his London move. Bit of a climb down from Arsenal. Just shows that players will go and chase the money. Pay the going rate and they will go anywhere, regardless of how many tin pots they may or may not win.

  • 103 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Half expecting Charnley to be waiting on Greece to crash out of the euro before signing players to get the best exchange rate to the £….

  • 104 Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:16 PM


    All joking apart that may not be a bad strategy.

  • 105 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:16 PM


    As we say in Oz mate, it wont be long till England is well and truly ‘rooted”……..GO YOU AUSSIES

  • 106 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Cabaye at Palace will only give the Palace at home game even more extra spice!
    Rumours gathering that Woodman is going down there
    Imagine if Carver goes there as a coach too….

    If Palace traipse up here with Pardew, Cabaye, Carver, Woodman, Williamson and Gouff, they’d be officially my second favourite team!

  • 107 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:18 PM


    You are being a bit disingenuous to cabaye mate, he left us for CL football and for ambition to win things, instead unfortunately for him he’s spent most his time on the bench. Now at 29 almost 30 and only a handful of years left to a the game the lad wants 1st team football and 100k per week.

    It could be argued that he wasted hos time joining us, think we are probably the biggest tin pot club out there with this lot in charge

  • 108 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    You just KNOW Everton are going to beat us to the punch here.

    Sell McCarthy to Spurs for 20 million plus Lennon and use the balance to sign Wijnaldum.

  • 109 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Lads off topic but how the heck does Bell keep his place in the England team, get rid of him

  • 110 lesh // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    According to the Chron, Charnley was in Shipol yesterday and following discussions, flew back to Newcastle to discuss progress with the so-called board.

    Is it any wonder our transfers seem to take forever – has the tw@ not heard of telephone conference calls?

    Anything to delay things, that’s Charnley!

  • 111 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Forget Mitrovic. He won’t be coming to Newcastle. It ain’t going to happen.

  • 112 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Our Toon or you could argue he found his level.

  • 113 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Wow, 50 capped German Marcel Jansen retires aged 29 after Hamburg declined re renew his contract because he can’t imagine playing for another club and loves Hamburg too much and is too devastated to get behind another teams project when his heart won’t be in it…..
    Bet he signs for someone by Jan 31st

  • 114 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    lesh…I was thinking the exact thing!

    Someone mail the silly bigger 😉

  • 115 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:31 PM


    I doubt the ronny would have any clue where Charnley was……to be honest

  • 116 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Biedt is bid

  • 117 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Our Toon…great point about our midfield not protecting the CBs. I have been on Tiote’s case for a long time but have to admit Collack hadn’t been any better!

    …maybe it’s the way we play that’s the problem.

    And I’ll second Skunki notion about the defense…they are still pants 😉

  • 118 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:41 PM


    Of course our defence is shite. The same defence since we came back up practically.

    I really want to see Lascelles and Haidara blossom this season. We need two more CHs because our existing 3 (Colo Taylor and Willi) will all be gone in the next 12 months.

  • 119 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    widjnaldum incoming would mean another central midfielder is on his way out.

    we have far too many central midfielders already. i think sisokko is gone.

  • 120 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    kom op je eksters

  • 121 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Our toon.

    On Bell. I think they are keeping with him because he has saved us numerous times in the past. However, i agree with you. He is WELL out of form this year. Move Moeen up the order and play Rashid as main spinner. Risky but we need to change something in the top order.

  • 122 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Expat…and neither 3 of them will play 30 games this season!

  • 123 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Jeff…is that some sort of Norwegian?

  • 124 Tsunki // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    We if Charnley has been to Schiphol it’ll be a decent workout for the fat lad, iirc it’s a fair old jog round the horseshoe when you’re connecting flights 🙂 done that more times than I wanted to going to Greece.

  • 125 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Dutch dear boy

  • 126 manni // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Wjinaldum is a better choice than having Cabaye back, younger , better all round midfielder. Just hope PSV accept €16 euros, probably have to go to €20. Really need Matip though, our cb’s are shite, id play Dummet alonside Matip, and Haidara on the left

  • 127 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Stoke accept £7m offer for N’Zonzi from Seville

  • 128 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:55 PM


    Will be flying in and out of Schipol in September on my way back to Oz via Dubai. Wonder whether I will see any fantasy footballers en route…

  • 129 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Sorry if I mentioned football whilst you discuss the most boring outdated supposed sport on the planet.

  • 130 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:57 PM


    Lascelles and Matip together for me. Prefer Abdennour instead of Matip but beggars cant be choosers.

  • 131 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 1:59 PM


    Wash your mouth.

    Just coz us Aussies are giving you poms a shallacking…….lol

  • 132 Rotonda heights // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:03 PM


    So true, the top 3 are way too slow scoring and don’t take the game to the opposition or play without fear.

  • 133 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Some of your guys look as if they are in the first stages of hypothermia
    Ha ha ha
    Welcome to Cardiff in the Summer
    Ha ha ha

  • 134 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:05 PM


    It’s hardly a sport, rain stops play and a cucumber sarnie for lunch, after a weeks play it can still be a draw.

    There’s more action in a game of tiddley winks.

    Simple things and all that.

    P.s. It’s a football blog, send a telegram to discuss a sport from the dark ages. 😉

  • 135 jayphoto // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Lascelles is nowhere near ready for premier league football! Can’t see him starting much next season.
    Similarly I think Colo is on too high a wages not to be first choice. Hoping we sign someone that will be able to slot alongside him though and offer some pace and height. Wasn’t that impressed with Matip last season but maybe alongside someone of Colos experience he could improve. Similar story for Knoche.
    Still expecting them to look at Kirchoff though

  • 136 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:09 PM


    Yeah…thats not to say i want them to be all to motor from the start. I think Cook needs to keep playing his own game, but needs Lyth, ballance and bell to contribute more.

  • 137 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Have any English sotes confirmed a bid for Wino yet?

  • 138 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:10 PM


  • 139 Offkey // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Chronicle just quoting dutch tweets

  • 140 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Having said that… A 2hr test match session should APPROX. yeild 30 overs and 100ish runs. We had 1hr 45mins before lunch. 23 overs and 88 runs, so it wasnt that slow. Its the loss of wickets that sucked.

  • 141 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:15 PM


    We are more used to 40 degree C summers mate and el nino droughts……lol

  • 142 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:17 PM


    Well mate, there is little to get excited about with NUFC at present and any decent sports fan wouldnt object to a bit of banter at the start if the Ashes series.

    Lighten up pal

  • 143 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:20 PM


    Football was also played in the dark ages. Just saying 😉

  • 144 cestriasteve // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Jay photo,

    Love your posts mate your a ceefax of European football, surely SM with all his experience must realise that is all Colo needs, a hard, fast good in the air CH. I’ve always thought Collo suffers cos he doesn’t trust what he’s got to work with.

  • 145 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Jeff…it just looked like a Dane with dyslexia 😉

  • 146 expatmag // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:22 PM


    A lot depends on McLarens outlook. He has a rep for bringing through young players and Didnt RH fast track him into the senior England set up last season.

    He might even perform well alongside Colo

  • 147 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:23 PM


    Next thing you’ll be telling me to cheer Andy Murray cos he’s a Brit 😉

  • 148 Toonfan8 // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    if Ashley want to prove his comments from last game, he has to bring in quality…at least 3 top players have to be brought in…CB,CM and CF…so these are Matip/Abdennour, CM Wijnaldum, CF Mitrovic/Austin…that will be completely new core of our squad…
    sissoko…… jong..aarons/perez
    this team could play great football also cabella,cisse,riviere,colback,tiote,abeid,colo,s.taylor

  • 149 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Personally, i would support any athlete who is representing GB. Even Murray. If Scotland ever get independence, then he can sod off. Until then…. Go Andy!!! 😀

  • 150 Mister Tuff // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    wat een vilder

  • 151 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:30 PM


    N’Zonzi at 7m is an steal buddy perfect for what we need in my opinion….bit of steal and height for the midfield and defence

  • 152 optimistic prime // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Worth a look, Psv go on their summer training camp thurs, so probably want deal done early.

  • 153 Our Toon // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:32 PM


    I said exactly the same thing regarding Bell, I’d move Ali up and bring in Rashid. Problem with Bell is when he’s on his way out he’ll find an innings which will secure his place for another 6 to 12 months

  • 154 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Another missed target?????
    Stoke City have accepted a bid from Sevilla for midfielder Steven N’Zonzi.

  • 155 Tinman // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Most fans are on the edge regarding Newcastle. Not getting in Wij would be a hammer blow and people would lose even more faith. Signing him would not however convince the nay sayers. He is just the first piece of the puzzle, and not even one of those which we truly need…

  • 156 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Not sure N’zonzi was ever really a target, but i would have been happy enough with signing him. Still waiting for some solid evidence of a CB bid.

  • 157 Munster Mag // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Jeez it would certainly be one in the eye of the anti Pardew loon brigade and if Cabaye went back to him. There is no doubt he had man management ability, but for cabaye to go to a crappy club in sarf london would be a hell of a coup for Pardew. I hope it doesnt happen but it would speak volumes in terms of how the fans and misdirected their ire. I am so glad we have a new setup now, but if we had given Pardew the type of players he wanted ( our genius Carr to blame for plenty of this, but the club not allowing a manager to manage his way being the main culprits ) and fans stopped blaming him for every issue besides the Greek economy then we wudnt have needed that madman Carver in the first place. Moreover, NUFC fans wudnt have looked like the whingers we were ( at times ) because his turnaround at Palace went on for more than a brief honeymoon. TBH, its a bit sickening if Cabaye goes there. If Austin goes there i would be amazed and sicker again. West Ham and their charismatic mgr look a better bet if he wants to stay in London. Go to he Toon Charlie, and become a hero.

  • 158 Jib // Jul 8, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Talking CB’s
    I thought the kid we were linked with early doors , Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion was nailed on. I couldn’t blame Chris Hughton if he told us to get knotted after the way he was treated.
    here is an update

  • 159 switch365 // Jul 8, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Panfold in talks with Wijnaldum and his agent today, Mitrovic due on Tyneside for talks tomorrow?
    It’s been a long painful wait for something to happen since the window opened, but IF we get them both signed sealed and delivered, they’d be not only a massive boost, but a huge statement of intent.
    Matip and another more experienced battle hardened cb would make us a whole different prospect to last season.

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