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Newcastle’s Concerns About Austin Move Seem Strange

6:12 pm, Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

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.

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

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    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.

  • 2 why oh why // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    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

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:16 PM

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

  • 4 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    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.

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    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?

  • 6 why oh why // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    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

  • 7 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Well said why oh why @6 mate.

  • 8 Thump // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    I remember hope.

  • 9 Palmer // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Still would prefer a central defender than another striker tbh

  • 10 bladeuser // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    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

  • 11 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    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.

  • 12 overtheline // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    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.

  • 13 Average_Contents // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    What is this hope?


    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.

  • 14 Belfast // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:32 PM

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

    Daily Fail!

  • 15 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    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.

  • 16 Jib // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    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.

  • 17 JP...from The Rock // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    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.

  • 18 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    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.

  • 19 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

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

  • 20 cestriasteve // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    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.

  • 21 Oldgit1 // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    @ 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.

  • 22 Belfast // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

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

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

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

  • 24 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    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

  • 25 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    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.

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    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.

  • 27 toon kk // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    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).

  • 28 beermonkey // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    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

  • 29 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:46 PM

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

  • 30 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:47 PM

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

  • 31 JP...from The Rock // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:47 PM

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

  • 32 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

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

  • 33 Belfast // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Harumph to that Geordietwo

  • 34 Jib // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    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.

  • 35 Noel Worst // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    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.

  • 36 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    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

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    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).

  • 38 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:52 PM

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

  • 39 overtheline // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:52 PM


    How many years is X ?

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

  • 40 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:52 PM

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

  • 41 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    We all can’t be blessed with the brain of wise man like you, such a clever wee man

  • 42 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Yes that definitely you Jeff or I guess it’s Jib now. And believe me when I say I find your little bits of drool on here boring as well lad. If you think you bring some kind of insight to the blog I’m afraid you’re deceiving yourself badly mate.

  • 43 Jib // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:55 PM


    “How many years is X ?”

    We can assume you failed Physics then ?

  • 44 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Well, enough of the lads who come on to run others down. They seem kind of pathetic in many ways so I don’t think making fun of them is the right approach. For the future of the club to be a decent one I hope we get a decent owner. For now, we’ll struggle on with Ashley. I think Steve will have a struggle as Percy did but he took the job so let’s see how he does.

  • 45 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Geordie two in going to hunt Ashley down if your not busy

  • 46 Big Archie // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Ed – the medical is the last step only when it is not considered an issue.

    Why would they even negotiate if they know he has a medical problem?

    Get the preliminary medical out of the way then negotiate. If anything comes up in the medical then there would have to be conditions written into the terms relating to the medical findings, so again – medical first then negotiations.

  • 47 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Get over it, your one of those kids who’s glass is always half full, drain the energy out of the club, probably Call willo and obertan worse that shite as well

  • 48 irishzoo // Jul 27, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Getting quite excited for the new season.

    While none of our signings appear to be quite the finished article (save, maybe, Wijnaldum), Mitro and Mbemba (fingers crossed on the permit) are two players which look to have some serious potential.

    However, personally I don’t believe we are nearly remotely finished at all in the market. There will be some tumbleweed gently blown out.

    I still expect to see another center half (on the presumption Mbemba gets a work permit).

    After that if we managed to get rid of Obertan and Williamson at the very least I would be satisfied.

    Excited for the new season. I reckon we’ll finish up 8th or 9th. Dreaming of a top six finish though.

    Still, it’s a breath of fresh air to see some really exciting movement from us in the transfer market. How is it that Wini only costs 3/4m more than Cabella? I think we got absolutely duped by Montpellier there. Shocking.

  • 49 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    You’re embarrassing yourself cole. But carry on if you really want to. 😆

  • 50 Belfast // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    It’s a load of crap Archie. He failed a medical at Hull due to a knee injury not a shoulder injury. Think someone is making it up just like his wage demand stories.

  • 51 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    I’m not embarrassed in the slightest, nobody knows me or knows who I am, been on this blog for years just don’t post, about time some of you idiots got told

  • 52 GeordieTwo // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Well thanks for telling us cole. It’s been a real thrill. As I say carry on.

  • 53 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Hahaha ?

  • 54 Jib // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Austin required surgery so it wasn’t a simple dislocation

  • 55 Belfast // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    He’s had surgery to correct that Jib and it hasn’t happened again. It’s hardly a long standing problem if it’s only happened once.

    The media are suggesting he failed a medical at Hull due to the same problem which is a blatant lie.

  • 56 WLtoon // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Got to get a CB ffs.
    cant rely on Taylor to stay fit and Lascelles is,nt ready.and as for Williamson? say no more eh.

  • 57 will die for the toon army // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Me am ok with wat we have now. Anything more is a bonus. And it’s all abt balancing e squad.

  • 58 cole the goal // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Going to hard start, I would take 11 points from first 8 games, 3w 2d 3L

  • 59 JackButler // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    For the love of God!!!

    We need defenders not strikers!!!

  • 60 JackButler // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    By the way I seem to remember us signing a certain player with a seriously dodgy knee and that worked out pretty well for us…………………that’s was until said player decided to chase the cash elsewhere

  • 61 southafricantoon // Jul 27, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    I have a feeling Rivier will come good this year..

  • 62 ITUNDERASHELL // Jul 27, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Lots of bitch slapping l see. X is 10 in Roman Numerals.

  • 63 Moonraker15 // Jul 27, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Geordie Two

    It is what it is! Get over it you never know what might happen; but I have a feeling you would be mortified if we won a trophy as you’d have fcuk all to moan about.

  • 64 Qprob // Jul 27, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    I’m not quite sure what it is Newcastle aint getting? The price is £15 million, your not doing us a favour, we don’t have to sell so its £15 million or look elsewhere….simple!

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