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.
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.