Newcastle’s Strategy To Get Austin Could Work


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.



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112 comments so far

  • lowickmag12

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • Liono

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #2

    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.

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  • geordiemark

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #3

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

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  • Graeme

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Would sooner have a proper fotballing CB to be honest.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

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

    Mr Tubbs………………………..OOT
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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #6

    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.

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • Craig_NuFc

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #8

    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?

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  • geordiemark

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Graeme

    yes that defence needs sorting once and for all

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #10

    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.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #11

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

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  • magscar

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Craig_NuFc

    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.

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  • King Colback

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Jordan Ayew to sign for Villa

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  • colwell

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #14

    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.

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  • Terry

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #15

    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

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  • Craig_NuFc

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #16

    Abdennour 15 million
    Jose Enrique 2-3 million
    Hernandez Loan

    Team for games we are favourites:
    Krul
    Janmaat Abdennour Mbemba Enrique
    Tiote
    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.

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  • musomag

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #17

    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

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

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  • Craig_NuFc

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #19

    @Magscar
    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?

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  • lukes26

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #20

    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

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Mbemba Sir wen are u becoming a Magpie

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  • prince.shirks

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #22

    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!

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  • Ian Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • Craig_NuFc

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #25

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #26

    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

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Craig_NuFc

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

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  • lukes26

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #28

    qpr are a financial mess right now for numerous reasons,

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

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Hello Lads and lasses – any update on Mbemba ?

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #30

    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

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • barkel

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #32

    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?

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  • lukes26

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #33

    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

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  • musomag

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

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  • musomag

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Just wishful thinking Barkel

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #36

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

    Any news on Mbemba or any other signings?

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  • ravz09

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #37

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

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  • barkel

    Jul 24, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #38

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

    looking forward to the next rumour!

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jul 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #39

    musomag

    Austin is not worth 15m.

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

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #40

    Good news, TFL!

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