Les Ferdinand On Newcastle’s Efforts to Sign Austin


There’s little doubt that Newcastle are interested in signing QPR’s 26 year-old striker Charlie Austin,  but the Magpies have still to make their first bid for the player who scored 18 Premier league goals in only 35 league appearances for the struggling QPR last season.

Director of Football Les Ferdinand – the former Newcastle striker – is wanting £15M for his player, but Newcastle seem unwilling to pay that amount, given that Charlie has just one year left on his contract and will become a free agent next summer.

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Charlie Austin – still no bid from Newcastle

Les has confirmed today that while Newcastle may have already talked  to Tony Fernandes about Austin,  no bid has yet come in for the striker from the Magpies.

This is what Ferdinand has said today:

“Newcastle might have enquired by speaking to the Chairman, but no bid has come in from Newcastle for Charlie.”

There are a number of clubs said to be after Austin, and they include Chelsea, Leicester, West Ham and Tottenham, in addition to Newcastle.

We’re not sure why Newcastle are not making a real move to try to sign Austin right now, and that usually starts with a decent first bid for the player.

But Leicester have already bid the £12M that Newcastle value Austin at – and that was immediately turned down – at least according to reports.

If Newcastle want to get Charlie on Tyneside,  we probably have to be willing to pay more than £12M – he’d be worth it.

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175 comments so far

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Stestickle

    Not seen much about him, but apparently his goal record isn’t up to much.

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp

    July 14, 2015

    Belfast

    As much as i think the lad is a bit of a mercenary pillock,i would gladly do the job for him. He could give me a small cut of his signing on fee.

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  • Reyantoon

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope we land Mitrovic with in the next two days.No other striker attracted me more than him.If it’s the fee,hope it is,then that’s good b/c we can agree somewhere 13m to 15m soon.
    If it’s the work permit for him or his family,that’ll be good too,im sure it will be worked out.
    If it’s something else,like Roma or porto contact his agent or his family,that is disappointing.
    But i think it is his father that hesitates to move to the north east.
    If Mitro is wanted by the likes of porto,Roma etc
    that shows he is a very good player.
    Moreover,most serbian players had good playing career in Italy, Germany,portugal.where as,not many here in England,so..

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #3

    The headlines regarding the scum will be

    Long suffering Liverpool fans upset at stars departure.

    Or something equally pathetic, that’s what happens when the media prefer you.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Have people already pointed out that Sterling will be playing in the same team as Silva? Sterling Silva? No? I’ll get me coat

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  • sparky55

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #5

    should we try to bring carrick back home now he’s got no chance of playing for Man U after LVG buying three new midfielders this week

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Seen a few “Pounds Stirling”

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  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #7

    For me Newcastle are playing this totally right.
    Try their best for Mitrovic and if it proves not to be then Austin will be a perfect plan B .
    Admirer that I am of Sir Les he should keep his mouth shut about stuff that happens behind closed doors – very unprofessional.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #8

    could be some troll trying to stir the sh#t and make trouble

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 14, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Ed

    I dont think Charlie is worth more tha 12M. Id sign him for no more than 10,personally. That way,if he fails to score much, then we wont lose too much in moving him on. Hes only worth 15 because of his nationality.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Considering yes available for free in the summer I’d wait until the last day of the window to get him or wait until Jan when you could get him for 5m. Personally he’s not an upgrade.on what we have and wouldn’t improve the starting line up. Cisse has a better goals to games played ratio and that was in a far more defensive team under pardew and carver.

    Spend the money on an additional defender or 2

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Am not head over heels for Austin tbh, and I think if we did go in for him Cisse would have to be gone before hand to free up the number 9 shirt.

    Berahino mean while…..

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  • terencelim

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Ashley Out

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Is Guidetti still on a free?

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Our toon

    Sure I read he’d signed for someone

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #15

    jesper
    I’ll try it on the computer at work tomorrow!

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #16

    Tudor

    But does CA really deserve the No.9 shirt? I’d wait till the last min, as our toon says. He is a last resort imo. We should Pay attention to getting CBs and a different striker, finally grabbing Austin when QPR and him are desperately short of time to secure a move. Make the window work for us for a change.

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  • tequilamag

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #17

    Don`t think Guidetti would play for us. I think Jesper upset him by telling him how much better Denmark is than Sweden.

    http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/watch-john-guidetti-in-the-greatest-postmatch-interview-ever-after-swedens-u21-win-over-denmark-10352707.html

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  • King Colback

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Guidettii signed for Celta Vigo at the weekend

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  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #19

    This site is saying that Girondins of Bordeaux have refused a £13million bid from Newcastle for the Uruguyan International Diego Rolan.

    http://www.foot-sur7.fr/247081-fcg-bordeaux-transfert-une-offre-18-refuse-pour-rolan

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  • nut meg

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #20

    I’ll feel a lot better if we got the great big hole in the middle of our defence sorted out…..you know.. the one where other teams have CBs!

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  • TudorCrisps

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #21

    I guess so, I don’t think he deserves the number 9 shirt I think that’s the main pulling factor in him maybe coming here tho, who ever we get in I just hope Perez still gets his chance.

    Totally agree with you on the CBs mate but we just seem to keep being linked with midfielders where we are overloaded, looking forward to seeing Aarons again.

    ad like to see Mitrovic and Perez on the same team sheet

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  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #22
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Ron…do that mate 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib
    The story originates with Talk Sport, according to the article. And they’re surprised the offer was apparently turned down.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #25

    No worry Tequila ‘the Infamous Jail’ will be on shortly to back you up!

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  • toon kk

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #26

    What’s the big hype with so many Newcastle fans wanting Austin?
    Is he really going to be the prolific goal scorer that people seem to think he’ll be? I didn’t think so. Is he a big upgrade? I don’t think so.
    Id far rather look elsewhere, im sure 12 to 15mil could be better spent.

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  • tequilamag

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Infamy infamy, they all have it in for me.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Any CONCRETE evidence to back that up Jesper ?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Our Toon…has a point I think about Austin. If we get a prolific goal scorer maybe it would be wiser to wait til January to bid for Austin.

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  • SA Toon

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #30

    I think we’re spot on with the Mitrovich negotiations. I would love to see him at SJP, but it’s time to sh*t or get off the pot. If he’s not interested then fair enough, but we must then look elsewhere. Until now he’s had a free call and that’s no way to negotiate.

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  • SA Toon

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #31

    Jib
    The articles I’ve seen are cash plus Cabella on a one year loan

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  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Think you and Jail need to end this little feud. Kiss and make up.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Belfast…it will present itself on its own!

    …it’s like clockwork on here!

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  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Think it’s becoming obvious McClaren doesn’t fancy Cabella. Swapping him for the other French kid would be a stupid idea though.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Not sure if you’re all familiar with the nufc tv YouTube channel but they have started a series called magpies 24/7, it’s all behind the scenes stuff and its very positive, I hope it continues into the season. This one features highlights from the Gateshead game. Aarons’s pace is unbelievable.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=l09y-KaeKQI

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Belfast…I don’t have time for I sorry!

    …I will ignore him though!…him and his errand boys!

    So…are there really no word from TFL?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #37

    *him

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  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Well until Toon from Leeds turns up you’re getting the blame basically. He’s in the beach house cellar. That’s the main line of inquiry.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    It’s a pity McClaren isn’t closer to home, rather than in the States. He could be putting some useful pressure on Charmless to do something positive.

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  • tequilamag

    Jul 14, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Wonder why he never took Vuckic. He has finally proved he can play half a season without needing a year off and did well by all accounts.Thought he would be at least be worth a run out in a couple of games.
    SM out

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