The London Evening Standard are reporting tonight that Newcastle have given up on trying to sign their number one striker target Charlie Austin this summer, with the reason given that Austin doesn’t want to move his family from their home in Wiltshire.
That’s not the first time there have been rumors that Charlie does not want to uproot his family and move to Newcastle, but it’s difficult to know if that’s true with other reports saying that Charlie is waiting for Newcastle to make a bid.
Charlie Austin – doesn’t want to uproot his family?
On SkyBet Newcastle’s odds have slipped in the last day from evens to 7/4, with Crystal Palace coming in as second favorite at 2/1 and West Ham at 6/1.
Maybe Palace can make their second big signing be getting Charlie, with Yohan Cabaye currently undergoing a medical in London.
The fee for Cabaye is an initial £10M with £3M in bonuses depending on how many games Yohan plays for Palace.
Newcastle seem to be moving aggressively for 20 year-old Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, and have opened negotiations with Anderlecht for him.
That may be because indeed we have given up on the QPR striker.
But the big problem with Aleksandar is that he wants Champions League football if he moves from Anderlecht, and Newcastle will never be able to give him that.
But it seems – as we reported earlier today – that Newcastle are the only club to be willing to pay the €16M Anderlecht want for him.
But given these dodgy circumstances, Newcastle should try to tie up Mitrovic as soon as possible, which is maybe why we are moving so fast for him.
We could tell him that top four is our target in the Premier League next season?
We have no chance of doing that, but it could still be our target.
If it’s true that Austin doesn’t want to move his family to Newcastle, there’s not too much the club can do about that.
But we don’t know if it’s true either.
Maybe we can go back in for Bas Dost of Wolfsburg?