ESPN is reporting that Newcastle have made an improved offer for Charlie Austin, but that it is still thought to be short of the £15M that Director of Football Les Ferdinand is demanding for the 26 year-old, who scored 18 Premier League goals in 35 appearances last season for QPR.
The discussions are said to be on-going, and are based around performance-related bonus payments, which presumably could bring the fee up closer to £15M, based on the number of appearances and/or goals that Charlie gets for Newcastle.
The offer may even be accepted by QPR.
Charlie Austin – on his way to Newcastle?
Linked with the ESPN report is an exclusive from WhatCulture late tonight, and they are reporting the bid put in by Newcastle is £13M, an increase of £1M from Newcastle’s previous offer, which they say was made earlier this summer.
And the bid has not been rejected – well – not yet anyway.
Maybe that bid includes the performance related payments ESPN has reported.
It could well be that Newcastle can sign Charlie Austin fairly quickly, since the news is that he is keen to join Newcastle and the north-east club are odds-on favorites to sing him.
That’s unlike our other striker target, Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht, who could be on his way to Porto.
That’s after an investment group have come up with the money so the Lisbon club can match Newcastle’s offer made last week of €18M.
If we get Charlie Austin in from QPR and center-back Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht, we’ll be happy enough, and maybe we can just keep Papiss Cisse at the club.
Papiss will be 100% fit next season for the first time for a long time, and we know he can score those goals with 11 goals in just 22 appearances last season.
And he wasn’t 100% fit either, and a large proportion of those appearances were from the bench while he was nursing that sore knee of his – after he broke his knee-cap a year last April.
And there comes a time when a player makes it so obvious that he doesn’t want to join Newcastle, that the appropriate action is simply to walk away.
Newcastle have to be close to that with Aleksandar Mitrovic – the Serbian striker.