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Newcastle’s Strategy To Get Austin Could Work

3:56 pm, Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 112 Comments

QPR manager Chris Ramsey has been talking to TALKsport today and he’s talked about – what else – the sale of their top striker Charlie Austin.

But QPR may be being too greedy in trying to get the most money for their striker, and Chris has said they have already turned down a £12M bid (presumably by Leicester City) for the 26 year-old.

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Charlie Austin – QPR want in excess of £15M for him

This is what Chris has said today:

“The club is in a financial position that it needs to recoup some money, and I think for his ambitions he wants to keep playing in the Premier League to go to the Euros.”

“We have to be realistic, it’s unlikely he’ll stay. We want to keep him but it’s unlikely.”  “In excess” of £15M (when asked hoW much they want).” “We’ve been offered £12M and turned it down so we’re looking in excess of £15M.”

“Goalscoring is something you can’t coach, it’s just a habit that some people have. He’s aiming to go to a team that’s in the top half of the table, if he doesn’t then he could stay.”

“He puts in a shift in training.” “I don’t think he’s going to be one of those whose head is all over the place. It’s hard for any young man with this sort of attention to not be affected but he’s been very good.”

We are ready to believe that Charlie wants to come to Newcastle, and that he knows we are very interested in him and he is simply waiting his time until QPR are willing to let him go for whatever Newcastle will pay for him – maybe £13M so as to beat the Leicester City bid.

We don’t know if that’s true, but with just one year left on his contract he should be cheaper than £15M – and Charlie has also said he would like QPR to reduce the amount they want for him.

With Charlie being a free agent next summer is why many clubs want to bid £15M for him, and of course QPR could miss out big time if they don’t sell Charlie this summer, because even if they then sell him in January he will come at a lot less than £15M.

We’ll just have to wait and see – but if we do end up getting Charlie, it will be more plaudits to Lee Charnley – and another player who wants to join Newcastle.

The great players we are bringing in this summer will also send a message to the 26 year-old striker that Newcastle want to become a top club again in England – we really hope Newcastle want to do that now.

It may happen and it may not happen (how’s that for being decisive), but Newcastle just like QPR – can’t wait too long this summer.

If QPR continue to hold on for £15M or more, Newcastle may need to bring in another striker before September (or keep Papiss Cisse at the club), and then we can still buy Charlie for a much lower fee in January or as a free agent next summer.

It’s certainly an interesting situation with Charlie Austin.

Comments welcome.

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

112 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lowickmag12 // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    I’ve lost interest with Austin now. He’s not worth anywhere near 15m

  • 2 Liono // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    I wouldnt say we have a ‘strategy’.

    I can see Austin going some where like chelsea or spurs on the last day of the window if no one has gone for him by then. and qpr will sell because they have to.

    Again i dont think ashley will buy 2 strikers at that price range, having bought mitrovic.

  • 3 geordiemark // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    1 year on his contract left, 6 million tops or wait till his contract expires simple as that really

  • 4 Graeme // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Would sooner have a proper fotballing CB to be honest.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    It is a bit quiet on the news front. What’s the latest with Mbemba -very quiet.

    Mr Tubbs………………………..OOT
    Multiples & Tricksters…………..OOT
    Obertron supporters…………..OOT
    Willo supporters………………….OOT
    Mt T critics………………………..OOT
    King Percys’ fawning dogs……….OOT
    Any other associated knacker……OOT

  • 6 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Interesting that Ed seems to have switched position on the “just pay them the money” debate. Now applauding Charley’s poker playing. Then again with a striker in we are no longer as desperate. Seriously though he does like to take a devils’ advocate role to provoke debate sometimes.

    Whilst our position isn’t perhaps so desperate there is perhaps a growing cloud on our horizon in the form of Aston Villa short of a striker and with money to burn. Austin’s wife may also be happier with a move to Midlands?

    Not sure if he is worth even £13M but am not totally set against transfer.Remaining in our favour might be we pay cash up front and it isn’t clear whether Liverpool have paid up front for Beneteke ( unlikely given their spending so far) so AV may not want to pay all out on Austin. All clubs seem to have reservations on the level of fee given he is coming up to his last year.

  • 7 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    and the level of chat is immediately brought down to another level. Perhaps the Blog is no longer the place for some?

  • 8 Craig_NuFc // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    With Mitrovic already through the door anyone else thinking this £15 mill on Austin seems unrealistic and imo a bit stupid. I would much prefer the money to spent on a top quality CB. After Mbemba I would be happy with one more 10 mill+ CB and after that I think we should add Jose Enrique for a couple million tops and maybe out the question but I’d like to see us ask United about the possibility of loaning Javier Hernandez, would compliment Mitrovic greatly. I think all that are asking for another 3 10 mill + players are being a bit unrealistic, Ashley has done well so far but he won’t be forking out 65-75 million in one window unless we recoup 20 mill or so from outgoings but how many of our players are that appealing bar Moussa?

  • 9 geordiemark // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM


    yes that defence needs sorting once and for all

  • 10 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Pound for Pound. Austin doesnt feet the bill.

    26 yrs old, last year in his contract,history shoulder injury. Everything is against him.

    Bring Shaqiri and we stay with Cisse for one more year.

  • 11 Shadow_Shearer // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Got a feeling mbemba deal is gonna drag on alot more than mitrovic transfer, due to this age issue.

  • 12 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:21 PM


    Not sure I’d want Enrique back good though he was for us. Would Hernandez be a good fit with Mitrovic ? – again not sure and how much would he be?

    I also doubt we will see as much spent without some major outgoings ( but could happen if McClaren wants to change things ). Key is McClaren talking about over 3 windows so all won’t be acheived in this one.

  • 13 King Colback // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Jordan Ayew to sign for Villa

  • 14 colwell // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Austin is NOT the type of striker we need. If and its a big IF we do sign another striker he has to be fast and be able to play on wing if needed. Mitrovic is the perfect partner for someone with pace.

  • 15 Terry // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    I Wouldn’t think austins decision would be based or should be on the geographical places of Newcastle and Birmingham in today’s world of fast trains and helicopters.Unless his mrs doesn’t fancy having to go outside to use the toilet up here

  • 16 Craig_NuFc // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Abdennour 15 million
    Jose Enrique 2-3 million
    Hernandez Loan

    Team for games we are favourites:
    Janmaat Abdennour Mbemba Enrique
    Moussa Wijnaldum
    De Jong
    Hernandez Mitrovic

    and then away games/top teams I’d take out Hernandez for Colback and revert to a 4-2-3-1. In saying that though if De Jong doesnt really take the season by storm then I’d be more than tempted to move Wij into the middle and have Aarons as our left winger and same with Cisse and Mit but thats the basic line up I’d like to see, injuries will mean using the whole squad anyway.

  • 17 musomag // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    If we’re keeping Cisse then Shaqiri would be a much better acquisition.

    It’s funny how that now we’ve signed two decent players our ‘tight git’ policy is being labelled a strategy! Haha, good one Ed

  • 18 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    With Mbemba, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic in am now relax the rest is in Mcclarenz hands. We have a team to start tge season with.

    But I wld prefer Shaqiri, Abdennour and Austin if possible. Then two developing players. And we call it a transfer. The outgoings are Mclarens problems.

    Wat matters we stay with players who love NUFC and want to build us to a Champions league team. We are not Chelsea, Man City, Spurs with crazy owners. We have a realistic one so we r going to build at team in the way Man U, Liverpool and Arsenal did.

    Mike, Charnley, Carr, Moncur and Mcclaren you have my support.

  • 19 Craig_NuFc // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    I’m hoping Haidara can perform but think Jose would be great to bring in just so Haidara knows hes got competition and not guaranteed first team. regarding Hernandez, I would only take him if United would consider a loan, not buying him. Who would you like through the door, realistically?

  • 20 lukes26 // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    To be fair, no sensible person even half expected us to get Mitrovic.

    now that we did, we don’t have to overpay for austin.

    at this moment we have the best team we’ve had in maybe a decade

  • 21 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Mbemba Sir wen are u becoming a Magpie

  • 22 prince.shirks // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    I think Austin would add something and agree 15mil is too much. Maybe a 12-13 with add ons would be more realistic.
    This article isn’t great as this is not a tactic we’re playing. QPR don’t have to sell Austin and if his goals get them back in the Prem then loosing him for nothing compared to Prem money is nothing.
    If we don’t move for him then another club will, so the tactic should be forget about it or come up with an attractive offering!

  • 23 Ian Toon // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    I loved the interplay between Jonas and Enrique- happy days. But something for the toon fan memory bank. Enrique didn’t realise how important it is to be appreciated. He should have asked Big AL.
    Talking of which I would buy Austin for reason that he knows all about the PL.

  • 24 Craig_NuFc // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Anyone else catching themselves refreshing newsnow, this blog and sky sports news every 5 mins while “working”? haha. it reminds me of when we were in a bidding war with Manure for Wayne Rooney, I left my TV on all night and refreshed the teletext page (301 was it?) page every time I woke up which with the excitement was 1am, 2am, 3am so on haha.

  • 25 Mister Tuff // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Mr Tubbs………………………………OOT
    Multiples and tricksters conversing with
    one another………………………………..OOT

  • 26 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    I think Durmett is going to play LB. He might b as skillful as Haidara but there is a way I see Durmett with more heart and in Premier league it’s heart. Senarios like:

    Nani vs Valencia
    Carrick/Fletcher Vs Anderson

  • 27 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:44 PM


    I have refreshed it several times no news its crazy. There was also Owen vs Liverpool tussle

  • 28 lukes26 // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    qpr are a financial mess right now for numerous reasons,

    they have to sell austin… even with netting 10 million on the Sterling deal

  • 29 Blaydon-Toon // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Hello Lads and lasses – any update on Mbemba ?

  • 30 Our Toon // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Seems to me Ramsey is trying to remind clubs of Austin, says alot when only Leicester have made a bid for the lad. Even villa are looking elsewhere

  • 31 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    With all put into consideration. Austin is worth btn 8m – 10m.

  • 32 barkel // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Austin for 8 would be ok, I’d rather keep Cisse though.

    Where did the Shaqiri link come from? I’ve seen a few on here mention buying him, or is it just wishful thinking?

  • 33 lukes26 // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Its not that clubs don’t want Austin, they just know his price will decrease as the summer comes to an end

    my guess is he goes to AV for 12m ..which is still paying far too much for him

  • 34 musomag // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Yes NewsNow constantly on refresh here too, good to have a bit of a buzz again.
    If we genuinely want/need Austin then the club should just stump up the £15m and get the deal done.

  • 35 musomag // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Just wishful thinking Barkel

  • 36 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Hey lads and lasses good news I might be allowed home tomorrow 🙂

    Any news on Mbemba or any other signings?

  • 37 ravz09 // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Mbemba confirmed and hands shaken – due to be confirmed in next 30 mins

  • 38 barkel // Jul 24, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    that’s a pity musomag, he’d be a great signing.

    looking forward to the next rumour!

  • 39 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM


    Austin is not worth 15m.

    26 yrs old, Last year in his contract and a History Shoulder injury. 10m tops

  • 40 Ron Knee // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Good news, TFL!

  • 41 nut meg // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Good news there bonny lad,you’ll soon be up and about.Keep your chin up and get well soon.
    It’s very quiet on the Mbemba deal.

  • 42 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:04 PM


    Not keen on loans unless with a view to a permanent deal and personally not sold on Hernandez being any more than a good goal poacher. That being the case and if Cisse stays I am leaning towards the camp that says get in likes of Shaquiri. I still think that we will mostly play with 1 out and out striker and either a wider striker like Remy and/or a no 10.

    We need to look at some up and coming players such as Sam Byram at Leeds (RB not LB I know) and presumably McClaren will have some insight into other Championship players who could step up but act as cover in short term.

    Not one for playing who we should be after as I don’t keep abreast of other leagues as much as some do. Never look at FIFA 15 though my grandson does and comments on players I haven’t heard of asking who do I think is best LB in Bundesliga !!!. Do however take note of paper talk and other posters and check more likely suggestions out.

    As I have said my trust in Carr (and McClaren) is beginning to return and I hope I am not disappointed come August/September

  • 43 WWSBRD // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Mbemba has been snapped leaving St James so doubt it’ll be long now

  • 44 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    thanks Ron and Nut Meg.
    We need to keep the momentum up on deals

  • 45 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:13 PM


    The deal has collapsed

  • 46 OneAlanShearer // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    There is no guarantee mitrovic will be a success or hit the ground running so we need an experienced premier league striker to shoulder the burden especially if they intend to sell cisse. Yes we need an experienced winger and centre back to but austin is a good option to have. We had 2 similar strikers under kk in the 90’s in shearer and Sir Les, they worked very well together. No reason austin and mitrovic wouldn’t.

  • 47 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Some remain of the view that Ashley is still being consulted as to whether we should go for certain players but I do believe that he has given Carte Blanche to the Football board in this window but not unreasonably constrained by a budget figure. I don’t know what that is or if it is sufficient but time may clarify the latter.

    Much will depend on how they and then the team perform as to whether this continues.

  • 48 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:21 PM


    We have a budget of 50m.

  • 49 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:24 PM


    No guarantees that it would work either and time has moved on since those heady days.

    Don’t get me wrong I would love it if it did but much depends also on the abilities and selflessness of the 2 strikers involved. Not all partnerships work as well. Both have to be totally prepared to drop back and work for the other especially in the modern game. Don’t see much of 4-4-2 in top leagues these days.

  • 50 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Mbemba doesn’t look too happy in that photo

  • 51 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Not disagreeing with figure but has it come from within the club or arrived from last year’s accounts plus other incomings since? Can’t recall it being mentioned anywhere. It is a little unusual to be as forthcoming as it affects negotiations.

  • 52 nut meg // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    What photo ??

  • 53 martoon // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    magscar @47 – I’ve said this many times on here to be decried. At Ashley’s level he doesn’t have time to be consulted all the time. He sets a budget and employ’s people to carry out these tasks.

  • 54 AMEOBI // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Anyone thinking of the line up next season is somehow forgetting colback. He will be one of the first names to start every game. Forget tiote and sissoko.

    Colback was our best player last season.

  • 55 will die for the toon army // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Am starting to think that the deal has collapsed

  • 56 geordie157 // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Focuson defence and a wingerthen see if Austin is still at qpr come deadline week see if they are holding out for 15mill.

  • 57 magscar // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:35 PM


    I totally agree with you but do feel that previously when negotiations reached a deadlock then he had to be consulted to try and push it on but it would seem he invariably wouldn’t go beyond a certain figure. I feel he has now taken even those reins off and it is totally up to the Football Board what they do but they must justify the spending by results.

  • 58 Jamseyd24 // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Yeah, What photo???

  • 59 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    this photo

  • 60 Jamseyd24 // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    look like he has just give blood, I wouldnt be happy myself. lol

  • 61 WWSBRD // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    will die
    Why do u think its collapsed mate?

  • 62 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:46 PM


    because were NUFC, thats why lol

  • 63 WWSBRD // Jul 24, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Fair point but this is the new shiny friendly NUFC we are running on roses and rainbows now!

  • 64 dok - the horrid colonial // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    don’t forget the unicorns and sheep, for welsh..

  • 65 Terry // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Wasn’t there an article about Austin coming here a few weeks ago and he tweeted “where is this garbage coming from “

  • 66 JackButler // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    15+ million?

    Sure he has only a year left on his contract

  • 67 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Like i said last night us getting Austin is about the same odds as me running around newcastle naked.

    Not going to happen.


  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    dok – the horrid colonial

    You are a clever boy did you think of that by yourself.

  • 69 Rotonda heights // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Malackay // Jul 24, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Austin – £10m + Williamson + Vuckic
    Rolan (although I’m not convinced) – £xm + Gouffran
    Bolasie – £5m + Colo & Andy Woodman 🙂
    Ivan Toney – £5.49 + Obertan, Marveux, Ferguson

    – – – – – – – – – — –

    How good would that be!!

  • 70 Graeme // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Rotunda – For Bolaise, you could also add Carver – just to help sweeten the deal!!!

  • 71 Rotonda heights // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:41 PM


    can’t help feeling jack is a bit average though. yes has ” a good engine” but creates virtually nothing and strikes me as someone to come on and shore things up, but if we are really serious is not going to be a starter, if we genuinely want to get to that next level

  • 72 Belfast // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Agree with OneAlanshearer. Austin in !

    Doesn’t really matter how long he has left on his contract. He scored 18 premier league goals last season and that’s why he’s 15 million. Would you sell him for less if he played for us ?

    Benteke has just went for 32 million like and some people on here are looking 25-30 million for Sissoko hahaha

  • 73 Rotonda heights // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:43 PM


    can’t take credit it was malakay’s suggestions, but he’s spot on.
    Yes adding carver would be entertaining!

  • 74 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    So Charlie will only go to a top half pl club or he’ll just stay in the champs? Ha. Ha. Ha

    OK Bournemouth will be right up there in a couple of weeks. So he’s saying quality club or nothing, basically. Well at this rate nothing it will be. Doing a lot of choosing for a beggar. Hasn’t exactly got years of proven ability, and let’s face it even colback got an England call up. Let’s move on from this charade please.

  • 75 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Hi Welsh. Saaaaaaayyyyyy- Gaaahhhhhh!


  • 76 AngusMitchell // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Why are we looking at more strikers? We clearly are in more need of a quality CB and a back than one more striker? What about Willems from PSV? Why aren’t we looking at him as replacement on back?

  • 77 remember69 // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Ashley IN!!!!!

  • 78 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 79 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    We need that defence sorting first. For the inflated price of a striker we could get two decent defenders. Decent.

  • 80 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Apart from Janmaat our backline is worth £3m tops. Shocking.

  • 81 Belfast // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Are you related to Dennis twice remember69 ?

  • 82 Belfast // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Attack Toon Attack !

  • 83 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Attack Belfast Attack!

  • 84 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Welsh which movie is your favourite between Shaun of the Dead, and Shau………

    Never mind I know the answer.

  • 85 Jail for Ashley // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Dennis Twice in !
    remember69 OUT
    Ashley Out !

  • 86 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    I don’t think he remembers 69 at all. 😐

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    I havent got a favourite film but I have got a favourite song.

    It’s called let the bodies hit the floor.

    Ha ha ha

  • 88 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Who’s Dennis Twice.

  • 89 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Don’t get it.

  • 90 Tsunki // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Welsh, see post 82. Dennis only ever comes on occasionally just before a game, and posts that.

  • 91 Belfast // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Dennis is a top contributor Welshie. He’s like the Steve Black of the blog.
    Attack Toon Attack !

  • 92 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Welshie a Drowning Pool fan?

    Whats going on with Mbemba?

  • 93 welshgeordie9 // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:19 PM


    More Limp Bizkit fan to be honest.

  • 94 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Fair do’s Don’t mind them, I have to say different genre but my all time favourite band has to be ELO

    Ryder has just said on twitter that there has been no hold up on the Mbemba transfer it is just still ongoing

  • 95 beermonkey // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:36 PM


    good to see ur back on the blog

  • 96 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:39 PM

  • 97 ToonFromLeeds // Jul 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    thanks beermonkey hopefully going home tomorrow 🙂

  • 98 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Apparently we are in for Miralles!

  • 99 Altamullan // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Do you reckon Chancel’s moved hotels? I could imagine some neighbourly visits tonight & a bit of street ‘entertainment’, wonder if the La Bamba, Batman, or Happy Birthday tunes will get an airing…

  • 100 Sazzer // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Rumours about many positions. Nobody knows.

  • 101 Graeme // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Another very good young CB we could be looking at!!

  • 102 Altamullan // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Looks good to Graeme, Swiss born Dutch international: would fit right in, except he actually looks 20/21! Apparently de Jong was (officially, or in SMc’s opinion) the best player in Holland, & GW was last year. I’ve read a lot about playing a true pivot in MFD (feck knows…) and adorable six formation (…) as far as I can tell, tic tacs not my strong point ( nor favourite mint) both involved two MFDs who are high energy, technically adept, and good tacklers. Joining defend or attack as a pair. I’m imagining that this is what SMc has in mind. Anybody know more about the systems?

  • 103 Altamullan // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Lost last post grrrr (anyone got a trumpet?)

  • 104 Altamullan // Jul 24, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    …it basically said good call/spot Graeme + loads of tactical musings…anybody know anything about double six or a true pivot in MFD? I think SMc is planning to use de Jong and Wijnaldum in this pairing.

  • 105 beermonkey // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:10 PM


    I bet that will be nice and in time for us to play on sunday I hope there is a link to watch it

  • 106 Oldgit1 // Jul 24, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Friends of mine went on a tour of St James today but it was cut short as there was a player in the boardroom that they didn’t want to be photographed by members of the public. The guide stated that the club is really pissed off over the photo of Mitrovic and Mabamba appearing on Twitter etc. So is this the surprise player. The St James tour is to continue tomorrow.

  • 107 lochinvar // Jul 24, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    They were just busy spring cleaning the Boardroom in preparation for putting trophies on the shelves !
    Surely the player was Mwemba who must still be in Toon finalising his deal and probably a photo shoot at SJP was why your tour was cut short.
    If it’s another player surprise then that would be a surprise.

  • 108 Toon Tang // Jul 24, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Love the fact we’ve got a ‘strategy’ for getting Austin.

    This doesn’t involve just handing over the correct amount of spondooliks does it?

    Nah, didn’t think so, there’s no strategy behind that eh.

  • 109 Blackley and Brownlie // Jul 24, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    I’m hearing the Mbemba deal has been thrown into serious doubt after the medical. The club is having second thoughts after he revealed a tattoo of Vera Lynn.

  • 110 NezzaNUFC // Jul 24, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    It will be even harder for Newcastle to get Austin in January considering many teams would want to bolster there squad, and on’t forget Newcastle have a habit not buying players in January.

    If Austin was as good as many make him out to be then why hasn’t Liverpool, Spurs or even Villa got him?

    Villa got a nice nice bulk of £££ from Liverpool, over 30 million and they haven’t approached him but like many been linked with him.

  • 111 scout // Jul 25, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Anyone awake, Charlie is in i tell ya

  • 112 AlfiePotter // Jul 25, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Maybe NUFC and Austins people have done a deal …. wait a few more weeks QPR will bottle it and lower the price. … Charlie gets a cut of the saving

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