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Newcastle’s Potential Problem With Charlie Austin Deal

8:14 am, Sunday, July 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

The Sunday People is reporting today that Newcastle have been put off buying their top striker target Charlie Austin because he is asking too much in wages, reported to be £85K/week, but how come Newcastle and other clubs have been in the chase for the big man for over two months now, and this is the first time this has been brought up?

It’s Sunday and we sometimes get some wild stories in the transfer market,  and we find this one a little hard to take.

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Charlie Austin – asking for his wages?

If the news is correct yesterday in the Chronicle, that Newcastle are willing to listen to offers for both Fab Coloccini and Papiss Cisse, then Newcastle will need another top striker and another top center-back brought in this summer.

Aston Villa and Leicester City are two other clubs said to be after Austin – Aston Villa because they have £32M to spend after selling Christian Benteke to Liverpool, and Leicester because they have already had a £12M bid turned down for him.

Newcastle are also flush with cash and seemingly Mike Ashley is willing to spend big money in the transfer market after the debacle of last season, so you wouldn’t expect the compensation offer by Newcastle to Charlie to be the thing holding things up.

What is definitely holding things up is QPR’s insistence that they get at least £15M for a player who will become a free agent next summer and will be much cheaper in the January transfer window.

This potential deal may well not be done until late August, when it will be a test of nerves of QPR – as they risk losing out on a big fee for Charlie if clubs balk at paying the £15M fee.

It’s also a risk for clubs like Newcastle, who need another striker brought in – and could miss out if they wait too long for Austin.

It’s an interesting situation, but this thing is dragging on and on.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magpiesi // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Wait till January he will be cheaper, I’m not sure he would want to come now we have mitrovic and cisse still.

  • 2 cestriasteve // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Going back to the funeral of the old Gateshead manager at the wake a couple of the lads got into conversation with Carver who said that 60 million was to be released for players before the start of the season, obviously he wasn’t to be trusted with the dosh so he was sacked. That still leaves a sizeable chunk to be used by McClean.
    I suppose his biggest problem is trying to maintain the 60% wages to income ratio.
    Finally this Carrick link is absolute rubbish, he will never play for the toon, I’ve heard him say it myself with total vitriol aimed at Ashley.

  • 3 Slank // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:20 AM



    On the assumption that those players have been sold would our 25 man squad (as below) now be a bit thin on the ground ?

    I’m not sure how the official 25 man squad combinations work (perhaps someone can clarify) but doesn’t it restrict us to how many more players we can sign ?

    1. GK1 – T. Krul*
    3. GK3 – K. Darlow*
    4. GK4 – F. Woodman^
    5. CD1 – J. Matip
    6. CD2 – C. Mbemba^
    8. CD4 – S. Taylor*
    9. CD5 – P. Dummett*
    10. CD6 – J. Lascelles*
    11. CD7 – C. Good
    12. FB1 – D. Janmaat
    13. FB2 – M. Haidara
    14. FB3 – G. Bigirimana*
    15. CM1 – G. Wijnaldum
    16. CM2 – J. Colback*
    17. CM3 – C. Tiote
    18. CM4 – V. Anita
    20. AM1 – M. Sissoko
    21. AM2 – S. De Jong
    22. AM3 – R. Aarons^
    23. AM4 – A. Perez
    27. CF1 – A. Mitrovic^
    28. CF2 – C. Austin*
    29. CF3 – E. Riviere
    30. CF4 – A. Armstong^
    *Home Grown Player
    ^ Under 21

    1. S. Ameobi*(loaned to Cardiff)
    2. R. Elliott (assuming sold)
    3. S. Ferguson* (assuming loan)
    4. S. Marveux (assuming sold)
    5. H. Vuckic* (assuming sold to QPR for Austin)
    6. M. Willaimson* (assuming sold)
    7. P. Cisse (assuming sold)
    8. F. Collocinni (assuming sold)
    9. M. Abeid (assuming sold)
    10. Y. Gouffran (assuming sold)
    11 G. Obertan (assuming sold)

  • 4 Ron Knee // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Where is this article in the Chronicle?

  • 5 sing in the corner // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    yeah canny call on waiting til January sales for him.We’re not that desperate for him anyway. Sir Les is playing a dangerous game…might end up with next to nowt for Austin if he’s not careful.
    I think he’ll end up at Villa if he goes in this window though. Purely on cash burning a hole in Sherwood’s petulent pocket.

  • 6 spitfire_ // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    His dad denied this on twitter.

  • 7 JDdubai // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Said from the start, both Mitrovic and Austin will want assurances they will be first choice – especially in the run-up to the Euros.

    McClaren only plays with 1 out and out CF so cant see how Austin would come to us, even if Cisse leaves.

    Still think Austin was the backup choice to Mitrovic – when we thought Mitrovic wouldnt come then all the chatter about Austin came out and us allegedly questioning Mitrovi’c character etc.

    Then all of a sudden when it came clear we actually had a shot at Mitrovic, then Austin talk silenced overnight and nothing more has happened since.

  • 8 Slank // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    The three things that are wrong with the Austin situation:

    1. He may not be the number one striker choice.

    2. Given (1) together with only a year left on his contract
    £15 is far too much.

    3. His so called wage demands are probably not
    consistent with someone who is on the bench and
    compatible with Armstrong and Riviere who are also
    on the bench.

    If McClaren decides that he can play Austin alongside Mitrovic then it all changes but all indications suggest that he will only have a single centre forward.

  • 9 thevirus // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Never mind Austin, what the hell is happening with Mbemba? He really should of signed by now. Wouldn’t be surprised if Ashley is waiting to find out exactly how old he is to work out whether or not to buy him with regards to his re-sale value. Maybe that’s just me being cynical but I think that just comes naturally to Newcastle fans now

  • 10 Slank // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    * or even £15 million ! *

  • 11 Jib // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Thoughts on the Carrick link.

    SM has said NUFC’s problems last season stemmed from lack of possession and pressure on the ball and opposition.

    One of the best ways to maintain pressure is through a deep lying playmaker , an Andrea Pirlo , Xabi Alonso or latterly Steven Gerard.

    For me Carrick would be perfect in that role for us.

    If the rumours are true and McClaren does fancy him , we WILL get him.
    It was SM that advised Carrick into leaving Spurs for Man U in the Summer of 2006 when McClaren was coaching him as part of the England World Cup squad in Germany.

    So hold all bets on NUFC’s next captain , you never know what might happen.

  • 12 KevinLee // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Just a championship level player, give up him, let him play championship league next season

  • 13 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    One decent season in a relegated side does not equate to £85g a week – if the story is true. There’s better players we could get for those wages. If Abdenour doesn’t fancy being a bench warmer at Barca, the money would be better used towards his wage demands. Granted he’s not a striker, but he would be of greater value to us pound for pound. Chelsea might pay that, but that would finish any hopes he had for the European Championships, as he’d be just another expensive garden gnome. We only require a good second striker as back up, due to Macca’s preferred formation, so Jordan Rhodes would be a better option. He’s scored goals wherever he’s been, like Austin, but his wage demands would be nowhere near that. Always wondered why a PL club hasn’t taken a chance on the lad. Failing that there’s plenty of better value for money strikers in Europe. We don’t need holding to ransom and he’s likely to price himself out of a move, let alone whining that QPR are doing so.

  • 14 sparky55 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Charlie not coming…nothing to see here…move on

  • 15 will die for the toon army // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    60m is wat I heard too but I thought that was speculation so decided to think may b 40m Net Spent. Due to the money already in knew was inthe bank.

    Spend 70m and Sell 20m. And we will have a net spent of 50m. And with the right ins and outs we can b a Top 6 Club with Mcclaren and Cathro at helm.

    Big up to Mike in 8 years got relegated made a loss of 30m in relegation season and now we make a profit of 18m. 34m in the bank. And I expect we will make a bigger profit this year. Like him or hate him. Mike has made us a finacially stable club.
    For the interest free loan is equivalent to his free advertising.

  • 16 WLtoon // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Austin will price himself out of a move,thats if Qpr hav,nt already done it with such a high price tag with just one yr left on his contract.
    forget about him.

  • 17 Slank // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    Jib @ 11

    Apart from ‘beware of Greeks bearing gifts’ anything from Man Utd should also be included even if Fergie has gone.

    As good as Carrick was (not sure he still is) who would make way for him (Colback, Anita, Tiote, De Jong or Gini) ?

  • 18 Lindisfarne // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Having initially stated that NUFC should go all out to get Austin in, I now believe a deal is less important and both sides are deliberately acting in their own interests.

    I have not been able to pick out Mark Douglas’ article in the Chronic about our potential flash sale of players. But with so many also in their last contractual year then their transfers are likely to run in to January, or even next summer.

  • 19 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    No way would he be wanting those wages, I don’t believe the article.

    If Cisse goes, which I think he should to recoup some money to put towards Austin, he is an excellent first or second forward to have on our books. It will all depend on Cisse leaving which he should be with these policies of cashing in. Austin for Cisse would be great for me.

    There will be injuries and we will play two up top in games I don’t doubt it, we need a second experienced striker at the club and Austin has it. Perez was only ever supposed to be a third striker at the club.

    Cisse out, Austin in. Makes perfect sense to me.

  • 20 Bobbybee // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Virus, don’t worry about Mbemba matey. FIFA have already satisfied themselves, by bone density test, that he’s roughly 20, when he went moved to Belgium. The hold up is down to work permit issues, nothing more sinister. Chances are he’ll be spotted by somebody at the Sheff Utd game, just not playing. I reckon Monday will see him presented to the media.

  • 21 Tsunki // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Carrick? Why would SM build such an oddball squad? To fashion two entirely different teams? I don’t think so.

    In other news. Krul or Colback as Captain? Ha ha ha ha ha. Ha. Ha.



  • 22 sparky55 // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    funny to see agents trying to get a better price and deal for Sissoko claiming chelsea now want him.

    Dream on

    Colo next out the revolving door this coming week, then Cisse within two weeks, closely followed by tiote and Sissoko goes just before the end of the window.

    Thats 240k a week off the books and about 33-35 million recouped to pay for the three more players coming in.

  • 23 WWSBRD // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    Sistine father seems to disagree with this story rather eloquently

  • 24 Brutooon // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    The thing with metrovic and austin that both of them are target man – love to get in crosses.

    However looking at our wingers, only rolando aarons look like the only direct winger we got.

    Sissoko – too much dribble but not much crosses
    Gouffron – useless
    Cabella – not a winger but more a playmaker. Possible come good this season
    Obertan – one minute his look good, another minute useless and dont care at all

  • 25 WWSBRD // Jul 26, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Sistines? Austins I meant auto correct is s funny old thing

  • 26 nedzy 1973 // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    ive heard from a good sourse that austin has his heart set on a move to the toon, and mclaren knows it, so why rush in with an offer when austin has the final say where he wants to go. get rid of the dead wood, ie williamson, obertan, guffran, plus 2 or 3 in after austin and wu ganna win the league…. toon army..

  • 27 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    If this lad is asking 85K a week i would let him go to Villa !

    Plus the whole arrogant attitude of QPR is not going to go away antime soon? They screwed us with Loic Remy and they are trying to do the same with Austin!

    This Shaquiri bloke from what i hear would be a far better signing? Would not surprise me if QPR kept their man?

  • 28 thevirus // Jul 26, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Bobbybee , I hope so mate, can’t understand why this clubs so slow completing transfers, every other club manages to get linked with a player, have talks,medical,sign and unveil within 4-5 days but this club it’s weeks. Better start looking at players for the January transfer window now or we’ll miss out

  • 29 mactoon // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Well if it’s true, the club is pricing him out of a move he needs and he is pricing himself out of the move he wants. Unless you get more realistic Charlie enjoy the championship and good luck getting into the England team from down there.

  • 30 WLtoon // Jul 26, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    @26 Nedzy

    How do you know Austin wants to come here? who told you?
    Ive heard that he has disregarded us outright in favour of either Spurs or Chelsea,and he would,nt have to uproot his family.

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