It was interesting that Steve McClaren in his interviews after the game yesterday at Sheffield United, said that he wanted the new players to be signed as soon as possible, obviously so he can get them quickly into action, with the start of the Premier League season now less than two weeks away.
And the Chronicle is reporting that this week could be the week that Newcastle make a big push to sign Charlie Austin with news that Charlie indeed wants to join Newcastle United.
Charlie Austin – Newcastle to make bid
Perhaps with the Championship season to kick off this coming weekend, Newcastle want to do the deal before then and get Charlie on board at Newcastle, and he’s been training at QPR for a couple of weeks so he should be fairly fit.
It seems that Newcastle have not yet launched any formal bid, but that could come this week, as head coach Steve McClaren wants Charlie next through the door – after Chancel Mbemba hopefully signs for us by the end of the week.
Newcastle will presumably bid more than the £12M Leicester bid, but below the £15M QPR and take it form there.
Steve did say he hoped to have one or to coming in this week and if it’s two could be Chancel Mbemba and Charlie Austin – two more great signings for Newcastle and that would take our spending to £50M, assuming we pay £14.5M for Charlie – although it could be less than that.
It seems the only barrier to the deal is the transfer fee, with Charlie wanting to come and already having agreed to Newcastle’s compensation offer.
If we were to hard a guess we think Charlie had told Newcastle in early June he wanted to come to the club, before Simon Bird wrote that article in the Mirror on 6th June saying it was already a done deal.
On the fee we hope Newcastle can give a little and that QPR will do the same, so we can get a deal done for the 26 year-old striker – who will undergo a rigorous medical on Tyneside to ensure that shoulder is OK.
If we can get both Chancel Mbemba and Charlie Austin through the door before the start of next week – things will be buzzing in Newcastle.