A deal has been agreed between Aston Villa and Liverpool for the signing of Christian Benteke, and it looks like Villa will get around £32M for their Belgium striker, and to think they paid £7M for him three years ago from Genk.
That must qualify as a Mike Ashley type deal, and Liverpool continue to pay out huge fees for their new players.
Villa manager Tim Sherwood will now have to bring in at least one top striker to replace him, and that’s why Aston Villa are now odds-on favorites to sign Charlie Austin from QPR.
Charlie Austin – now odds-on to join Aston Villa
Sherwood has been linked with his former striker at Tottenham, Emmanuel Adebayor, and there’s news they will bid £15M for West Brom’s striker Saido Berahino, as well as that for Charlie Austin.
For the £32M they got for Benteke, they could but both Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino and still have something left over.
Aston Villa are now odds-on favorites at most betting shops to sign Austin, with them being 4/6 odds-on at Skybet and 8/15 at Betfair – to name but two.
Newcastle are second favorites at 2/1 and 5/2 respectively at those two betting shops.
And to think the betting was halted on Newcastle getting him only last week, but that also happened back on June 20th with West Ham looking like they had won the race to sign him.
But the betting odds seem to go up and down like a yo-yo, so we still think we have a decent chance of getting Charlie Austin to Newcastle – but we had better move for him now and pay the full £15M for him.
If Newcastle are still not willing to pay the full amount for him, Aston Villa will – and they will beat us to the striker with a £15M offer.
If that happens it will be like in years gone by, when we have held out for a better deal – in this case by about £2M – and another club comes in quickly and seals the deal by bidding what the selling club want.
It would be deja-vu all over again for Newcastle.