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.
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.
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) July 16, 2015
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!!