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Charlie Austin Deal Becoming Complicated

8:15 am, Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

It’s difficult to know – like in most transfers – just exactly what’s going on in the Charlie Austin affair, but it looks like QPR are asking too much – £15M – for a player who could become a free agent next summer when his contract runs out.

If we are to believe the news, then Leicester are said in the Shields Gazette today to be the only club who have put in a bid – £12M – and that was immediately rejected.

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Charlie Austin – holding out for move to Newcastle?

In some quarters Newcastle have supposed to have put in a bid, but in the local press Newcastle  haven’t done that, but have only talked to QPR about getting Charlie.

And there are definite indications that Newcastle are the club he would like to join, and that’s consistent with him saying he thinks he’s being priced out of a deal this summer, because of the high valuation put on him.

It would be interesting if Leicester or Aston Villa bid the full £15M, and Villa will soon be flush with the massive £32.5M they are getting for selling Christian Benteke to Liverpool.

The bid would be accepted and they would be able to talk with Charlie, and it’s interesting what Charlie would do – whether he would take the deal or hold out for the Newcastle move.

QPR are not in a good bargaining position as time goes on with around six weeks left in the transfer window,  because they could lose out on making a windfall on Austin if he stays at QPR.

They have even reportedly offered him a new deal to stay and help them get straight back to the top flight, and then maybe he would stay at Loftus Road – but there’s no certainty they would be promoted in the coming season.

And Charlie will have little chance of making the England squad for the Euro 2016 in France next summer, by playing in England’s second division.

If Charlie really wants to move to Newcastle, and even get the number 9 shirt – he could hold out for what to him, would be a terrific move.

That’s especially true when he sees the quality of players that Newcastle are bringing in this summer.

We have already shelled out £14.5 on Gini Wijnaldum and will today announce 20 year-old striker Aleksandar Mitrovic –  signed for about £12.5M, who for all we know may have slept in that Newcastle shirt last night.,


Newcastle’s moves in the transfer market,  linked with the top coaching team led by the experienced and likable Steve McClaren, will only make Charlie want to join Newcastle more.

If that’s all true, then Newcastle will remain in the driving seat to get a player who would be simply terrific for us.

Here’s hoping.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 Tsunki // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Munster you will probably not read this but I’m disappointed in your desperate assertion that loss of ST sales after poor results meant Ashley felt proactive all of a sudden about getting touchy feely with the paying masses. That’s rubbish. The fan discontent about the whole miserable setup which led to the inevitability of those losses and subsequent loss of ticket sales was the reason he turned up on camera. And Munster, ANYTHING that pushes a media recluse of long standing into the spotlight should be considered as Force.

  • 4 Tsunki // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Sorry Jail didn’t realise you were about. Jumped the gun there I’ll try not to let it happen again.

  • 5 the broons // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Hopefully the delay of this Mitrovic unveiling is because they are hoping to unveil him and mbemba together. Seen all the evidence that I need to believe that it truly is happening but bloody hell how does it take this long.

  • 6 firebug666 // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Newcastle to seek work permit clarification over Mbemba deal

  • 7 the broons // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    And also Austin isn’t happening now, unless cisse is sold.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Actually Tskunki, I followed your lead !

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Swe, what would be defined as a ‘big deal’ I wonder?

    I’d class that as easily above an Austin signing, for example.

    An exciting Champions League quality player with experience to match. Again, that is just my definition. If they were that guy, why would they choose us?

  • 10 Magpie Season // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Isn’t he the favourite to be named Van Gaal’s ‘Surprise signing’ to the fans?

  • 11 Magpie Season // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:26 AM

  • 12 the broons // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:27 AM


    Nything else on adenabour deal? really like the look of the kid and thiink he should actually be our primary target given the current situation of our defnece.

  • 13 magpiesi // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    I can’t see us getting him this window for £15m he has a year left on his contract so will lose value.

    With the amount of strikers Liverpool have balotelli surely on loan is a option a small fee with his wages.

    Smc like everyother coach in the world will always think i can get the best out of him give me a try.

    Just like mourhino and falcao he thinks he can get him going again easier in his team tho with all the creativity.

  • 14 smoke beer, drink tabs // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Am I right in thinking that players can buy out their contract with their club? If a player only has a year left on his contract couldn’t he buy it out then effectively be a free agent? Or am I talking sh1te?

  • 15 firebug666 // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    the broons

    I haven’t seen anything mate, But I think the Mbemba deal will take time to complete due to sorting out this work permit.

  • 16 magpiesi // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:35 AM


    They can if they are 28 or older and have 1 year left.

  • 17 expatmag // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    The fantastic news is

    Ronaldo had his haircut in Melbourne today for the SECOND time since RM arrived here.

  • 18 dr_ice // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Morning Guys

    Anyone seen Charney make a public speach yet? Could be that they will wait for SM to come back to do the unveiling as I have yet to see that one every hold a press conference?

    Could also give them time to clarify the work permit issues surrounding Mbemba and we might see a double unveilling on Thursday or Friday.

  • 19 Derek // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    IF Mbemba becomes a NUFC player, I wonder whether McLaren will run with Lascelles alongside him or whether he’ll keep Willo or Saylor as first team regulars…

    The two new lads in central defence could be the answer to so many of the problems our defense caused last season.

  • 20 martoon // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    JimmySmith from last topic- I don’t know about buying us but I’ve often wondered why SD don’t just become our official sponsor instead of Wonga. Name on the shirt around the ground (as it already is) etc. They could pay us as a sponsor and I believe it is all tax deductible – seems an obvious step to me – maybe I’m cleverer than Ashley 🙂

  • 21 hibbit // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    magiesi i would rather have rivi then that over paid over rated lump balotelli

  • 22 Derek // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:57 AM


    Possible subs: Perez (LM), Sissoko (RM/CM), Tiote (CDM), Armstrong(ST), Dummet(LB/CB)

  • 23 will die for the toon army // Jul 21, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Since the signings of Mbemba, Widjnaldum and Mitrovic.

    Shld I keep our money and take a risk on
    Taylor, Colo, Durmett and Lasceles, Good as back up.

    Take a risk on Cisse and Perez as back up striker.

  • 24 GeordieGadie // Jul 21, 2015 at 9:08 AM


    Possible subs: Perez (LM), Sissoko (RM/CM), Tiote (CDM), Armstrong(ST), Dummet(LB/CB)

    isn’t that 12?

  • 25 GeordieGadie // Jul 21, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    oh sorry, just noticed, but does 4141 work with SM?

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Jul 21, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    really not fussed about austin, especially at that daft price. another type of striker like a berahino possibly but we do already have perez.

    If we have another 15M then any one of Abdennouur, veltman, rutiger, n’kolou is a must. At the very least Dunk. the thought of another season of saylor, willo and colo gives me night tremors.

  • 27 ArtyH // Jul 21, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Of course he come out and state he would like a move to Newcastle but was going to wait until his value dropped in January, that would cause some ructions in the QPR camp for holding him and the toon to ransom. If that did not work he could also say he would not mind waiting for the summer if it was O.K with NUFC. Thats if he wanted to come, but its not going to happen, would show great commitment though. Would also be an EPL first.

  • 28 mfw13 // Jul 21, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Whether or not we go after Austin really depends on what formation McLaren is going to play, given that we now have three strikers (Mitrovic, Cisse, Perez). If we are going to play 4-5-1, then we probably don’t need a fourth striker, whereas if we are going to play 4-4-2, then we do.

  • 29 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    QPR piss me right off! They screwed us with Loic Remy and now they are trying to do the same with Austin! He would be a great signing but is he really worth all the hassel and the 15 Mil? Think we should tell QPR thanks but no thanks! Look at other options!

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