Breaking News: Reports Newcastle Win Race For Charlie Austin


It looks like Newcastle may have won the race to sign Charlie Austin from QPR,  as a number of bookmakers have just halted the betting on Austin moving to Newcastle.

Odds on the transfer were cut dramatically from 11/8 to 1/9 this morning on Paddy Power, and Betfair have already halted the betting, so it seems that Newcastle may have made their move for the striker, and it could be a successful move too.

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Charlie Austin – Newcastle seem to have won the race

Paddy Power have just issued this statement:

“After one of the most drawn transfer sagas of the summer, it looks like Newcastle have finally got their man with punters weighing-in behind Austin to join the Toon all morning.¨

And Sky Bet have also just suspended betting on Newcastle signing QPR striker Charlie Austin too, after previously reporting bets are now as short as 1/10.

The 26-year-old scored 18 Premier League goals in his debut season in the Premier League in just 35league appearances, and he is almost certain to leave Loftus Road after Rangers were relegated back to the Championship.

QPR want £15M for the former Swindon and Burnley striker, but Newcastle are said to be willing to pay around £12M, but it looks like they may have come to some agreement with QPR, for the betting to be at 1/10 on so quickly.

As a caution, a similar event happened on June 20th when the betting was halted on Austin joining West Ham United – but that didn’t happen.

It seems Newcastle have had Charlie Austin as their top striker target this summer, so it would be terrific if we can get him through the door – and soon.

Something must be going on with the betting now around 1/10 odds on that  he will join Newcastle.

Maybe this is one of the deals Steve McClaren has said is close at Newcastle?

We are still looking to sign Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht, with news in Belgium today that the deal is still on – and could even be closed any day now.

Signing Austin and Mitrovic in the next few days  seems like it’s even a possibility – where are those blood pressure tablets – quick!

If we can get Austin and Mitrovic through the door it’s a whole new ball game for Newcastle – in American speak.

And notice that signing Charlie will help show Aleksandar Mitrovic that Newcastle mean business next season.

Howay The Lads!!



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130 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Charlie Austin move to #NUFC held up while Mitrovics Dad decides if its a good move for him

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  • LooneyToon41

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Skybet have suspended betting too after ‘significant’ wagers today.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Charlie Austin move held up to #NUFC as he is unsure if OURTOON will take to him !!

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  • Liono

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #4

    People saying Mitrovic > Austin because Austin’s a poacher: he’s scored 18 goals last year. I would be happy with Mitrovic but if Austin ‘poaches’ 18 for us i dont think we’ll care how they go in.

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  • toonheroes

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Puts pressure on Mitrovics to make a decision. The ball is now in his court. If we don’t get him we’re good with Austin, if we get them both we’re flying.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought Austin was in Italy with Qpr ???

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  • Malackay

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m surprised at the depth of knowledge from some on here on the Serbian SuperLiga and Belgium pro-league. Surely one good season in the Premier League (Austin) is AT LEAST equivalent to a few good years in the two aforementioned leagues (Mitrovic).

    I’m not saying Austin is way better but I’m surprised by the relative support for the two.

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  • swemag

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #8

    If this is true they have dropped Mitrovic.

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  • Thump

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #9

    So this means Mitrovic isn’t coming (unless Ashley’s had a bang on the noggin)

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Austin is not a one season wonder !!He has actually consistently scored goals the last 3 or 4 seasons for various teams 1 full season in the premiership and a couple in the Championship which is about the same standard as the Belgian league if not higher !

    He has good link up play and does score different types of goals and if you watched him play against us at Loftus Road last season he can cross and pass very well as he got an assist from a peach of a ball in !

    Mitrovic has the potential to be better but he does not really want to join us

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  • Liono

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #11

    I dont think we’ll get both Mitrovic and Austin. Delighted if we do, but cant see Ashley spending another 12m on a striker when we have to buy 2+defenders.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #12

    our toon so you dont think austin is an improvement on rivi

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Just please nufc pay the money for austin

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  • BandB

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #14

    One of the benefits of the preferred media partners arrangement is that they are actually a good guide to when something isn’t imminent.

    The Mirror was sold a pup over Austin a few weeks ago. So it is possible for them to say something is on the launchpad when it isn’t.

    So if if they aren’t reporting a breakthrough it is because nothing is imminent.

    BUT……

    If something really IS imminent they aren’t likely to be scooped, especially by ITK websites.

    The Mirror and Sky are likely to get first word from the club if something is breaking.

    Sky reporting they have suspended betting isn’t the same as them reporting we’ve won the race for Charlie Austin.

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  • Thump

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #15

    @Malackay: Austin is 26, Mitrovic is 20. A lot of learning to be done in those 5 years, and Mitrovic certainly seems to have a lot more ability/potential.

    I feel like if Austin was as good as his plaudits suggest, he would have been poached by a prem club long before now (despite his late start in professional football)

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #16

    For me an improvement on what we already have is a striker who has an all round game as well as goalscoring, I think alot of you will realise very quickly that Austin can’t play with his back to goal. You’d think a striker who scored 18 goals in the prem and is an Englishman what be hot property amd clubs would be lining up to buy him.

    So why have is it Leicester and now it seems like us are the only ones to bid for him?

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  • swemag

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Mitrovic is young and is a potential superstar. Austin I have a feeling is at the top of his game and will not develop much further.

    For that reason I prefer Mitrovic.

    Mitrovic has shown with this delay that e is unsure about toon and cannot be all that excited about coming here.

    For that reason I prefer Austin.

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  • Thump

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Ah sod, 6 years.

    That’s what I get for typing first and fact checking later (originally had Austin at 25, hence the Pardew up)

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Will b buzzing if we get both. We will have good strikers for next 5 years.
    Austin-Mitrovic
    Perez – Armstrong
    Rivere Jst being round for cover.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Hibbit

    He’s an improvement on the squad as a whole but not on the starting XI. If it means Riviere is sold with Austin coming in then I’m happy. I suspect though he’s a direct replacement for Cisse who’ll be shipped off and that’s a 15m sideways step rather than a jump forward

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  • toonheroes

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #21

    We haven’t had two strikers with their confidence up for a long time.As well we have been relying on Armstrong as backup with all that pressure to perform last season. Austin , Cisse (if he stays), Riviere and Mitrovic would be a good set of options to have up front. Let Armstrong go on loan.

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  • derekm

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #22

    If Mitrovic did come how long before his agent is trying to move him on – he obviously is’nt very keen so at least get someone who is proven and can see what potential being a number 9 in the north eats can be to his international chances.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Austin or Riviere mmmm let me think about that one

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Hibbit

    I just know Newcastle will not sign both Austin and Mitrovic unless Cisse, Perez, Gouffran and Riv 2 of these get sold

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  • lukes26

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #25

    3 goals of the 18 were penalties…so its more like 15 goals in 35 games

    he was playing on a very poor qpr team though

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #26

    I personally would have liked us to go for another striker with the same attributes as Mitrovic seeing as he didn’t want to come, but we’ve turned to someone who is completely different to him in all aspects

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Give me a good British player who has been tested in the Prem league any day. Get Austin and then a few CBs and I will be pretty pleased.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Mitrovic is better than Austin. Mitrovic does not want. Kid has never talked abt our link all he talks abt is Benifica Porto Roma.

    That has been disrespect. I hate such players we have fallen off the greed but still give us respect £13m we r paying aint small money.

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  • Rainrix

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Lets be honest suspended betting doesn’t really mean much, i’d place it right alongside confirmation from lord cwarr07

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  • Malackay

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Thump – Fair point on age, but given Newcastle are a selling club it is almost irrelevant. If Mitrovic improves exponentially in the next 5 years there is zero chance he will still be at NUFC so we are unlikely to reap the benefit. When comparing the two, I’m more concerned with current ability than expected.

    Genuine question, what have you seen of Mitrovic to suggest he has a lot more ability or potential? Are you an avid fan of the leagues he has played in? I’m not on the wind up here as I know a few people who are actually big fans of Belgian football.

    Given our last two seasons, character is vital to me when we sign players now. I know Austin has it, I don’t have a clue about Mitrovic but it has been reported that he “makes Balotelli look normal” (the quote was referring to his character rather than his ability).

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #31

    @BandB I wouldn’t read too much into the preferred media partners being the first to break club stories. I used to work in sports journalism. We had a contact book full of agents’ numbers and you can pick up the phone to any of them and they’ll happily give you a story about one of their clients. Whether it’s true or not is something altogether different but it’s possible for an agent to have a preferred media partner without the club having any say in it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #32

    We need this to be true !

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Derek M

    I’d rather have players here who want to achieve things like playing at the very highest level of club football than players who are just happy to be here

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Why not be greedy and hope for both Austin and Mitrovic.
    Not sure about those who says Wally only plays one up front -we now have Cathro on board who may surprise us as to how we play.
    I’m sure Wally knows there is no point in having someone like Cathro on board if you disregard their input.
    I’m putting a lot of faith in Cathro after his previous manager described him as a visionary and a genius.
    I think we are going to get something completely different served up next season.
    However, new defenders are a must.

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  • RooneyToons

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Malackay

    It’s more his performances in Europe away at Dortmund and Arsenal where he bossed Hummels and Mertasacker.
    He’s a complete handful at 20 he could be one of the best in the world where as Austin isn’t as good as Cisse for example.

    Mitrovic’s movement, power and finishing are already top notch and he can even drop his shoulder and beat a man.
    His pass rate is around 80% wheres as Austins is 65%.. not good enough

    As for the Austin rumours the betting has been suspended twice already once for us and the hammers so I doubt it.

    I think he’s a last resort

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  • hibbit

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #36

    our toon cisse is not happy at newcastle to many of field problems he wants away

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #37

    I hope this now means we can look to address the defence seeing as we are only capable of doing one thing at a time

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #38

    Nezza

    I thought we were definitely after 2 forwards this summer ??

    It was a year ago today I think we actually signed Riviere. Would be nice if a year after we bought him we sold him

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  • Polarboy

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #39

    @Our Toon. How are you so sure about Mitrovic? I’ve heard a few things about him that are encouraging but I have also seen a journalist that covers Belgium football who says it would be a risk. I’ve also seen some footage on youtube but that can be misleading. Plenty of player’s have looked good on youtube and scored plenty of goals in weak leagues and haven’t cut it in the premier. I mean if you’ve regularly watched the Belgian league it might be something but I doubt you have.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 16, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Hibbit

    Where have you got that information from mate regarding Cisse? Has the player come out and said so? Has he angled for a move?

    As for off field problems, the reports of wives etc. He’s allowed upto 4 at the same time as part of his religion!!

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