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.
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.