There was news in the Chronicle before the narrow 1-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach this afternoon, that Newcastle will go back in for top striker target Charlie Austin this coming week, with the hope that we can get him over the line before our first game against Southampton a week tomorrow.
It seems that the only thing holding up the deal is the fee still has to be agreed between the two clubs, and with Charlie willing to come to Newcastle and no other clubs willing to pay the £15M QPR want – Newcastle are hoping to get a deal under £15M.
Charlie Austin – McClaren wants him at Newcastle
Austin’s contract runs out next summer and there will be pressure on QPR as the end of August approaches, and they stand to lose out on a big fee for their top striker – if they continue to hold out for the full £15M.
And it seems that head coach Steve McClaren has made it very clear to the Newcastle Board (make that Lee Charnley in particular) that this is the man he wants in as soon as possible.
But on the evidence of pre-season the highest priority for Newcastle would seem to be to bring in another center-back, with a mistake by Steven Taylor costing us the match today with other areas of the team looking fairly decent.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini wasn’t even in the squad today, so that Achilles injury of his has seen him miss every single pre-season game.
Maybe if he’s fit he could play a part next season, but his status is now really up in the air and it doesn’t help Steve McClaren as to what they should do with Fabricio – and whether he needs to bring in another center-back.
Crystal Palace are said to want the Argentine, and we don’t even know if the Argentine wants to stay at Newcastle for the final year of his contract, and if he does that may help the central defense problem we have.
Newcastle may however want to get up to £3M by selling him this summer, before he becomes a free agent next summer – when he will be 34.
Newcastle have brought in Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht yesterday and he played 30 minutes at right back in today”s game, but another top center-back for say £10M to £16M would be money well spent by Newcastle.
What we really need is both Charlie Austin and a top center-back brought in next week – before the season kicks off.
What do you think?