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No Concrete Offers Yet For Newcastle Target

4:05 pm, Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

When you read all the articles about Charlie Austin and nothing seems to be really happening the theory that Newcastle are in the lead for his signature and Charlie wants to move to Newcastle seems like it may even be true.

But we know that Newcastle are reported not to be willing to pay the full £15M for the player that QPR want – but it does seem that few other clubs are willing to bid that amount either.

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Charlie Austin – in England gear

Leicester City reportedly bid £12M for the player and that was turned down, but it doesn’t look like the Foxes will be back with a higher bid.

Leicester’s coach Kevin Phillips believes there are enough strikers already at the King Power Stadium – and he had this to say today:

“Charlie Austin would be an attractive proposition for any club.” “But we have five very good strikers here already. I think having six would be a bit too much.”

Some of Leicester City’s strikers are David Nugent, Jamie Vardy, Andrej Kramaric and Leonardo Ulloa.

And QPR coach Chris Ramsey has talked today, and he says there have been no concrete offers for Charlie yet:

“There have been offers. A player of Charlie’s ability, there will always be speculation.” “At the moment, there has been nothing concrete.”

“We’ve had offers that we’ve rejected, and we’ve had offers that Charlie himself has not been happy to take on.” “At the moment, he’s a QPR player and he’s working hard in training.”

The only way that QPR would want to keep Charlie is if he signed a new deal at QPR, but we have to think they want to sell Charlie for as much as they can get this summer, before his current deal runs out next June.

It seems that Newcastle are still in the driver’s seat, and we may even wait a week or two as the pressure grows on QPR to take less than £15M for him.

If they don’t then QPR run the risk of  him leaving as a free agent next summer, when they would get nothing for him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magscar // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Those players he is prepared to let go must be taking shape in McClaren’s mind.

    Their contracts ,if other clubs fancy them at proposed selling price will obviously be factors as to whether we can move them on.

    What could be in our favour is how the contracts were drawn up. Ashley was reputedly amazed that the likes of Alan Smith could rake in £65K each week whether fit . playing or not. If Llambias was successful in getting players signed on heavily incentivised contracts then anyone not likely to play regularly may be more inclined to move on.

    Apart from Cisse, Sissoko none are likely to be stepping up and may not be keen on a move. However with amount of money around in PL next season better paid contracts may be available anyway but Championship won’t be able to offer comparative salaries.

  • 2 Mister Tuff // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Some quotes on the Mag site from Perez saying the support for Newcastle was unbelievable. There was also a bit about the tour in 1996 to the far east when there was a sell out crowd of 50,000 at the game.

    “At the time Kevin Keegan said that he couldn’t believe the sight of thousands and thousands of people on the other side of the World wearing Newcastle shirts.”

    We were on the brink of something then -but it all fell away somehow. Look at the bloody state of us now.
    It is going to take some rebuilding – but there is the potential to be massive. Here’s hoping.

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Have we put in enough sneaky low bids to annoy the p*iss out of them yet?

  • 4 Zangwill_Ho // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Is Joao Moutinho coming?

  • 5 firebug666 // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Keith Downie ?@SkySports_Keith now17 seconds ago
    Chancel Mbemba arrived in Newcastle this afternoon. Here he is leaving his private jet. See footage @SkySportsNewsHQ

  • 6 Malackay // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    RE RE Post:

    Charlietoon, you must be mistaking pace for quality. Obertan has looked quick compared SDJ to pre-season, thankfully his game isn’t based on pace, at all. His intricate touches and final third distribution is light years away from the likes of Obertan. I can’t believe how easily SDJ is being dismissed in this forum and the talk of him not making the starting 11 is ludicrous!!

    The implication that he isn’t “busting a gut” is equally bizarre? He didn’t get much of a game against Portland, but when he came on he grafter – highlighted by his last man tackle which is quite rare for a 10.

  • 7 sweendog // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    anyone interested in the moutinho rumour

  • 8 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    What kind of US tour was that? Playing teams nobody is interested in? Playing a Mexican side in Milwaukee? wtf? Not bothering to find out what the pitches were like ahead of time? An imbecile could have done a better job organizing that tour. Oh wait……

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    These players getting off of private jets, they’re probably to rich and daft to check that it’s been deducted from their wages.

  • 10 GeordieTwo // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Nobody in North America even knew the club was here except a few diehard expat Geordies. They never even made the nightly sports roundup on TSN….The implication is that the club is run by an idiot.

  • 11 Polarboy // Jul 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    With Mitrovic bought I think we should go for someone who can play as a second striker and out wide, as in Diego Rolan, who we were supposedly after and who Villa have supposedly bid for.

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