There were reports last night that Newcastle would be bidding for QPR striker Charlie Austin this week to try to get the 26 year-old on Tyneside, and there’s new news tonight in the Mail that Newcastle may consider trying to get Austin in a part exchange deal.
The Newcastle player mentioned is Haris Vuckic, the Slovenian International who turns 23 next month, has one year left on his contract and has never really fulfilled the enormous promise he had when Newcastle signed him in January 2009 from Domzale as a 16 year-old.
Haris Vuckic – in action for Rangers
At that time he was one of the best midfielders in Europe at his age, and great things were expected of him.
Haris did have a successful loan spell with Rangers for the second half of last season, but that was in Scotland’s second tier, where Vuckic scored 9 goals in just 22 appearances, and was a big success in Glasgow.
We thought Newcastle would take a good hard look at him in this pre-season, but he has yet to play a game for Newcastle this summer, and it looks like Newcastle may have given up on him.
Vuckic has one year left on his contract and it could be Newcastle want to cash in on him this summer.
The deal reported by the Mail is Haris plus cash for Charlie Austin, but exactly how much Haris is worth is the question, and both players have just one year left on their contracts.
Rangers would have liked to have Haris again for the coming season, but Slovenian manager Srecko Katanec wasn’t too happy that Vuckic was plying his trade in Scotland’s second division this year.
This is what Katanec said in June:
“Haris played for Rangers in the second division in Scotland.” “I was disappointed, not just with him, but with the quality of the league he was playing in.”
“I would have thought Rangers would have had a better team.”
England’s second tier is a much higher standard than north of the border, so if he does make the move he will have a chance to get his career back on track at QPR.
Haris will be desperate to get regular playing time next season, and this would be a good chance for him to get that.
The big question is how much do Newcastle value him for – with QPR wanting £15M for Austin maybe Newcastle can get a decent deal by putting Haris at a fairly high price – just like QPR have done with Austin.
That could even be a good move by Newcastle, and perhaps it could work out well for the two players and for both clubs too.
Haris played 19 times for the Newcastle first team with one goal, and due to a number of serious injuries was never able to fulfill his promise on Tyneside.
What do you think?