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.
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?