Newcastle’s Concerns About Austin Move Seem Strange


Newcastle still have 26 year-old newly wed Charlie Austin on their radar screen for eventually arriving at Newcastle this summer, but the reason they have not signed him yet is certainly not because he is asking for £80K/week – which the People yesterday reported was the reason.

It’s being reported again that Newcastle seem to be concerned about the shoulder injury he picked up a few years ago, and was the cause of his failing his medical at Hull City a year ago.

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Charlie Austin – playing against Newcastle late last season

We don’t know for sure of course if that is the reason that Newcastle are wary of the deal, but  that’s what’s being reported in the Mail today.

But why would that stop Newcastle moving in and at least trying to agree a deal with QPR for the striker?

His fitness will be determined at the medical after a fee and personal terms have been agreed,  and Newcastle will need to make sure the medical they give Charlie is a stringent one.

The medical is the last thing that comes in a transfer before everything is signed, so it seems a little strange if that is stopping Newcastle  overcoming the first two things they must first agree on – the fee with QPR and the compensation package for Charlie.

However, that’s not what the Mail is saying today – they are reporting that Newcastle want assurances over the shoulder injury and that preliminary medical checks have been arranged in a bid to allay their concerns.

But surely that should be done at the medical, so it seems very strange to us if that’s actually what is happening.

What it seems to be is a game of brinkmanship between the two clubs on the transfer fee.

Newcastle fans would be much happier if they agree a fee with QPR – the compensation for Charlie is unlikely to be a problem – he’s probably agreed that already – and then get Charlie a medical.

And that medical should include everything that goes with looking at his complete medical history, prior injuries and everything – to make absolutely sure he’s OK.

That’s what the medical is for, after all.

And Newcastle can even take out insurance on him just in case to protect the club’s financial investment in the player.

Charlie has apparently said he is willing to join Newcastle, and he probably did that many weeks ago.

That report by Simon Bird that it was a done deal way back on June 11th, pointed to Newcastle having most things ties up – apart from agreeing a fee with the London club.

The Mirror journalist (famous for taking that foul-mouthed rant from Joe Kinnear in October of 2008) has since said he was upbeat,  based on the things he was hearing from Newcastle insiders, so at least at that time Newcastle were confident of getting Charlie to Tyneside.

That could still happen – but hopefully we don’t have to wait until late August to get the deal done.

At the moment, to his credit, Charlie is being a good professional and getting ready for the start of the Championship season this weekend.

Last season Charlie scored 18 goals in 35 appearances for QPR is the Premier League, and only three of those goals were from penalties.

This lad looks like a goal machine.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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64 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #1

    We’re not going to spend millions on Austin when we already have the Mit. Mike doesn’t think or work that way. And we’ll sell Mit on within 3 years if he looks good in the Prem. A nice tidy 30M or so in Mike’s pocket.

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  • why oh why

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Both sides are suing games
    He will end up here
    Just a matter of when
    It will be £13 mill
    With add ons as with mito the psycho

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Fong the owner! Take him out and fong him!!! Never trust Mike. All he’s doing is making sure we don’t get relegated.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Oh dear why oh why. you must be a very naïve young’un, still wet behind the ears. Mike doesn’t operate that way. Our bolt is mostly shot now with Mit, Wij, and Cancel Mybimbo. That’s about 35M spent. No more big outlays will be made.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Steve will probably last 2 or 3 seasons and then leave in disgust as Percy did. I’m playing devil’s advocate here. Does anyone believe otherwise? Will we win a cup under Steve? Will a squadron of pigs fly over St. James Park?

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  • why oh why

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #6

    As it happens I’m not a naive youngun I’m 40
    And just have a lot of optimism and hope
    I understand Mike is a tw@t but we all live in hope for a proper football team to pin our hopes on

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Well said why oh why @6 mate.

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  • Thump

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I remember hope.

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  • Palmer

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Still would prefer a central defender than another striker tbh

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  • bladeuser

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #10

    We will win nothing under ashley three signings is not enough six would have been the minimum and two of those needed to be top ch our ch are the worst in the epl
    i know there r two weeks to go but it looks like no more arrivals at sjp i hope i am wrong what i am not wrong about is if we see colo willo saylor in that team goals will b smashed into our net
    ASHLEY OUT

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #11

    A cup would be brilliant but I don’t think I can hold my breath that long. I’m 61 so I imagine that unless the fountain of youth is discovered I won’t be celebrating any additions to the silverware cabinet with Mike as owner.

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  • overtheline

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Every window is like a wall and I always get the feeling about this time that the owner has hired a painter who will not paint the whole wall. At the end of August there will be half of it left unpainted. It’ll just not look right and everyone can see the wall has not been proeprly painted.
    We all know the colour needed, and the painter is just about capable of wielding a brush and working a stepladder but he never finishes the job.

    All we need for a full wall paint job this window is 2 CBS and a two footed winger (Shaqiri being top of the list as a left footed right winger)

    One CB is not enough.
    No new winger – not enough strength on the flanks.

    Ideally we’d have a solid DM but that can wait till the second coat.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #13

    What is this hope?

    Otl

    Aye I remember her description lol. He’s just making a name for himself. Change for changes sake and wrong ones at that the spunktrumpet.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Charlie Austin did not fail his medical at Hull because of a shoulder injury.

    Daily Fail!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #15

    I remember Hope as well Thump mate. She was in the original Death Wish film. That seems appropriate for a club with Mike Ashley as owner.

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  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #16

    God what a tedious tw@t Geordie2 is .
    I think we should do what the folk of Heaton did.
    They had a whipround to shoot him off to Canada.
    We should have a collection to send him to a Mackem blog.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #17

    I think NUFC are looking for any excuse to low their very high valuation of the player to falicitate a move.

    A foward line of Mitrovic and Austin would be amazing. We could even have Cisse and Ayoze waiting for their chance too as back up. Though I would expect Newcastle to sell Cisse and use Ayoze as a make shift winger or a foward in a 4-3-3 formation.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #18

    Any decent owner would never have let his club fall to pieces as Ashley has. The squad is a ridiculous joke. We need 6-8 incoming. Several with Prem experience. Not just foreigners and young’uns. Ashley remains the pinhead in charge. He’s looking for his next big payday with Mitrovic.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Ta Jib. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you lad. Have any kind of whip round you like mate.

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  • cestriasteve

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Mitrovic has been in my store today, doesn’t look much like a phsyco to me, In fact he wears a brace on his teeth.

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  • Oldgit1

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #21

    @ Geordie two = I’m even older than you and agree mike Ashley has done us no favours. A wasted 8 years and can’t see change coming soon. I hate that guy with a passion.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ll give you a pound jib, though I’d like to fong him before he departs.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Maybe buy yourself a friend if you get enough dosh from the whip round Jib.

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  • cole the goal

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #24

    This doom and gloom shite about Ashley is getting boring now, ashley wants Newcastle to do well simple as that. The better they do the more money it generates. There is not a hidden agenda behind everything. We are signing good players so get behind the team and enjoy it, lessons have hopefully been learnt

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Spot on oldgit. I seem to have upset Jib. Somehow it doesn’t seem to bother me however. I think he was previously known as Jeff.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Spot on cole. Ashley is a true gentlemen. The last 8 years have proven it repeatedly. Aside from the lies, idiotic hirings, whinging, and generally failing miserably that is.

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  • toon kk

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle simply aren’t going for Austin because of a, money and b, they probably think we have enough strikers. Even if they aren’t scoring enough goals. (That often happens when you buy player’s on a tight budget with little experience).

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #28

    come on people get a grip
    mike Ashley only said he was going to bolt the horse on the cart he didn’t say he would attach the wheels properly to stop them coming off mid way through the season

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  • cole the goal

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #29

    When did I say any of that? whinging like a bitch gets you know where, move on get on with it

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30

    You know me Belfast mate. I wouldn’t dream of leaving you lot in peace. 😆

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Couldn’t Austin be able to buy out the remainder of his contract?? And we pay Austin directly?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Each to his own opinion cole mate. Don’t go planning the parade route yet though.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Harumph to that Geordietwo

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  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #34

    G2
    I’m far from upset.

    Bored with the same crap from you at approx 1800 GMT every day for the last x years , saying nothing new or original .

    Blogs were ever thus.

    Samuel Johnson said patriotism was the last refuge of a scoundrel.

    Cyberspace can be the last refuge of the nobody who desperately wants to be somebody.

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  • Noel Worst

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Mixed emotions about this one. If it goes ahead you know we’re not getting a top CB and that emans we’re condemning ourselves to another season of conceding bucket loads of goals.

    Suppose we’ll have the firepower to go toe to toe with most.

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  • cole the goal

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashley is not after Austin it was a lie to hurt the fans, he is currently spending the 13m in Casino with his tits out, it was just a big scam to buy season tickets, hate the fat man, so does Geordie two the retard

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #37

    We are definitely a top 14 side now though (assuming Saylor’s legs don’t fall off or Cisse spits on the ref in the first match).

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #38

    Thanks coley old pal. I love your optimism. Your spelling could use some work but I get the general ideas.

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  • overtheline

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #39

    Jib

    How many years is X ?

    Long time reader recent poster eh ?
    Or a name change from Jeff etc., ?

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  • cole the goal

    Jul 27, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #40

    Let’s get optimistic lads, get behind the boys and management, no i in team

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