Journalist Daniel Ainsworth has just tweeted it’s his understanding that Charlie Austin is a done deal.
Charlie Austin – a done deal for Newcastle?
Charlie Austin to Newcastle is a DONE DEAL. Mike Ashley was reluctant to pay that much, but Steve McClaren managed to convince him.
— Daniel Ainsworth (@Ainsworth1980) July 16, 2015
It looks like we may have paid the full £15M for Austin and if Daniel is right maybe Steve McClaren can persuade Mike Ashley to spend the money.
Mirror Journalist Simon Bird had said it was his understanding about six weeks ago that this was a done deal – but it didn’t happen then.
However what did come out at the time was that Newcastle were said to be over-enthusiastic about the deal, and Simon though the deal was imminent.
If we do sign him it does mean that Newcastle seem to have been confident they could get Charlie through the door.