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West Ham Forced To Make Move For Newcastle’s Top Target

8:17 am, Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 34 Comments

West Ham striker Enner Valencia last week picked up a serious injury to his right knee and ankle, in the Europa League in the game against Astra Giurgiu.

The Ecuador international, who looked good in the World Cup last summer,  could be out for several months and may not even play again this year.

charlie austin in tracjsuit

Charlie Austin – Hammers may be forced to move for him

The 25-year-old was seen to fall awkwardly after a challenge, and Slaven Bilic said this about him after the 2-2 draw.

“I am worried.” “It is too early to say how long Enner’s recovery and rehabilitation period may be,”

That leaves the Hammers with only Diafra Sakho and Modibo Maiga – a former Newcastle target – as the only fit strikers up front, with Andy Carroll still not available.

The former Newcastle striker now has a MCL knee ligament injury and is not expected to feature until early November.

There’s news in the Mirror today the Hammers will now step up their pursuit of Newcastle  target Charlie Austin this week, and they are now willing to offer 29 year-old former Wolves winger Matt Jarvis as bait in a player exchange deal.

Matt cost the Hammers a massive £10M three years ago from Wolves, and they are valuing the player at around £4M in the deal they will propose to QPR, who want £15M for their striker with just 30 days of the transfer window left.

There was news yesterday that Newcastle would step up their pursuit of Austin this week, but that had cold water poured on it by head coach Steve McClaren after the 1-0 defeat by Borussia Monchengladbach.

McClaren said he didn’t think Newcastle would sign anybody before the Premier League kicks off next weekend.

No club has yet come up with the £15M asking price for Austin, and it remains to be seen how much cash West Ham are willing to put up in addition to offering Matt Jarvis as bait.

Jarvis has only one year left on his contract and if West Ham put up £11M in cash – they could have a deal with QPR.

Whether Newcastle would then move in for Charlie if West Ham do get a deal we don’t know – but time starts to run out as the end of August approaches.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

34 responses so far ↓

  • 1 check the toastie // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Sure our manager said he’s not a target…. probably is though. Boring…

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Haidara dropped, Janmaatt go to left back and Mbemba play RB, the kid is a bit reckless, desperately need some back up to him, personally would stick Anita there.

    Team for Southampton

    —-Sissoko————De Jong—— Aarons———

    That’s our best team for me, Perez putting pressure on all front positions, mostly a disinterested Sissoko.

  • 2 TudorCrisps // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Cisse + 7 Million for Austin!

  • 3 Slank // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Ed, either you haven’t seen the SSN interview of McClaren saying there has been no contact between the clubs or McClaren is being economical with his words.

    Yes, there may have been no contact between the clubs but there may have been contact between Newcastle and Austin and his agent.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    I think tactical changes and the change in style of play will help the three centre halves. Yes, I’d like a new one in – although not sold on any of those mentioned, Rudiger is the best of that lot for me. We need someone who can organise and ideally has Prem experience. That is what the back line lacks.

    An organiser, plus new tactics and style would improve our goals against column significantly, and would also make each of our other centre halves look far better.

    I’d be happy keeping Colo and one of Willo or Saylor with just one more centre half addition this season. At full back we are weak, in fact in all wide positions we are fairly poor. I think Mbemba playing right back for a bit yesterday says all we need to know about who Janmaat’s understudy is.

    When you defend constantly on the edge of your box, and surrender possession as we did under Pardew, the defenders are always going to look worse then they are, as there is more opportunity for them to be exposed.

  • 5 TudorCrisps // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    check the toastie,

    Almost same team mate but ad have hairdryer at left back and anita in for colback

  • 6 Slank // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:32 AM


    Haidara will not be dropped as he is the best left back we have.

    Janmaat will not go to left back as he is the best right back we have.

    Mbemba play not take Janmaat’s place as he will be in central defence.

  • 7 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:33 AM

    Probably more speculation

    McClaren needs a CB

  • 8 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    I’d drop Sissoko and start Perez. See if the realisation that he actually isn’t good enough for our first 11 drags Sissoko’s head back out of the clouds and makes him knuckle down and begin to improve and work on his game.

    Perez has more to offer then Sissoko in the wider attacking role in my opinion. More skilful, works harder, scores more, will get in the box to offer more support to the centre forward.

  • 9 Jib // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    In the discussion about centre backs everyone seems to forget Lascelles.
    I saw him a few times fleetingly last season and can’t really judge but those who I know who saw him regularly say he has got what it takes

  • 10 hibbit // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    lilongwe…… i understand about playing the higher line and i do think it will help but the back are so poor willo is so slow taylor never fit and colo just wants away plus all 3 can talk to other clubs in january we are just not equipped for the prem these 3 players just invite problems

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    I haven’t forgotten Lascelles, but I wouldn’t be starting the season with Lascelles and Mbemba as the main pair. Neither has Prem experience, Lascelles, from the little I have seen and from what others have said, has potential but isn’t there yet.

    I’d like to see Lascelles eased in, given some game time, but wouldn’t want him dropped straight in the deep end.

    If we can bring in a natural leader to the back line, someone who can organise the defence then Lascelles development would be greatly assisted.

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Saylor’s injuries are a problem, but when fit he can do a decent job. Willo is dependable. You know what you are getting. He isn’t great, but he is by no means a bad option as the 4th/5th choice centre half. We wouldn’t be able to keep many better centre halves happy as a 4th or 5th choice.

    Colo will be far better off playing a possession based style of football. IF he wants to go though, and isn’t going to play then let him go.

    As I said, I’d like an organiser and a leader in the back line. We have lacked that for years, but just that alone would improve everybody in the back line, Haidara included.

    The other option of course is using Dummet as a centre half. He did an okay job last season when put in there, but then we are in a position where both centre halves are also the full back cover….

  • 13 chasing_rabbits // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:52 AM


    Personally I would put Sissoko ahead of Perez out wide. Sissoko is most effective when played in a wide position simply due to his power & pace which makes him more difficult for defenders to handle. There aren’t many LB’s in the league he wouldn’t be able to brush aside if he could be arsed. Not making any excuses for his attitude mind, pretty unprofessional the way he’s tried to push a move through.

    Perez’s goals come from him playing the central position last season. But assuming Mitrovic is first choice striker, Perez will probably find himself moved away from the central role anyway. Mitrovic, despite being younger, is more “ready made for the premier league” due to his build and he has experience playing at a higher level (and proven he can handle the bigger stage). Whilst he had a good first season, I still think he’s one for the future. We were just reliant on him last year.

  • 14 hibbit // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    jib brother lives in nottingham and have seen lascelles 5/6 or times……. lascelles is big and strong very good in the defending and with set pieces ( at both ends) i think given time he can step up its a big step from the championship to the prem

  • 15 geordieboy83 // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    For me if we don’t replace our cb’s I’d go for
    Jaanmat. Mbemba. Dummet. Haidara
    —————–wijnaldum. Sissoko.————–
    perezz—————de Jong ————-aarons

    I think wij would put a rocket up sissokos ass, aswell as de Jong so he’d have no hiding place

  • 16 Brutooon // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Lascalles and Mbemba as our starting CB.

    who care about premierleague experience? Williamson play 150 games and he is still sh*T

  • 17 mickalfas // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    The club can pay for a CF to score 15 goals a sesson,£15m
    Surely it must be the same at the back,saves 15 goals a season £15m
    Abdennour in now!
    Logic to me !

  • 18 cole the goal // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    I wouldn’t play sissoko, his heart is not in it, typical frenchy wanting to play for arsenal. The thing is he would never get a game for arsenal, his assist and goal ratio is a joke

  • 19 Lindisfarne // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Team for Southampton:


    The front four pick themselves, midfielders deserve the first crack at holding down position and the back four is a dogs dinner of necessity. In aaddition to injuries, I would be looking to get Mbemba on and perhaps Sissoko in midfield, to change to 433.

  • 20 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Isn’t Dummet injured?

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Perez isn’t a centre forward. Never has been. He did a job for us there but it isn’t his best position. He played out wide and in the number 10 role before joining us. I’d prefer Perez with less pace but far more skill, vision and ability to just pace and power. Plus the two offering width in our 4231 should be more inside forwards, rather than wingers. They have to offer better support to Mitrovic. We have attacking full backs to offer width, and should have Anita or Colback in midfield to cover the forward runs.

    Perez is a natural attacking player, Sissoko isn’t. When the ball is on the opposite flank Perez is far better equipped, and more likely to get into the box and support Mitrovic. It comes far more naturally to him.

    Sissoko is probably best on the wing for us, but that is mainly because he isn’t good enough for centre mid. However he doesn’t give us natural width, and is still a square peg in a round hole.

  • 22 cole the goal // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    I can see Southampton teaching us a lesson on Sunday, fans need to be patient and stick with manager, could be a bumpy start

  • 23 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    More than anything though, if we dropped Sissoko from the starting 11, it would hopefully force a reaction from him and we may see more of the player that brushed past Ashley Cole, and less of the one who is terrified of playing against Clattermole and Larsson.

    If that doesn’t force a reaction from him in terms of performance and improvement then we are better off without him anyway.

  • 24 magpiesi // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    We need pace upfront to keep other teams back, The top four all have a strong st with two fast players either side except City IMO will sell Dzeko and play Sterling and Aguero up top.

    IMO for us to hurt or even have a consistent threat of scoring we need either two upfront or play Arrons-Mitrovic-Obertan as that’s the best we have now then have any 3 in cm from Anita,Colback,Tiote,Sissoko,Wijnaldum,De Jong.

    Obertan gets hammered on here but his best games he has had for us mainly in Europe over the years he has been pushed up higher with just a few good games in the league.

    His strengths is pace,dribbling,passing he is not a player to beat a man and cross he would rather get to byline then dribble into box and look for a pass.

    If them three played the first few games upfront and got a few goals to get the confidence up we could do well and take the pressure of our defence. Also the cm players will have to be on there game with players waiting to replace from the bench.

  • 25 mickalfas // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    How is Sissoko going to fit in s pass and move team,when he can’t pass
    With the physique he should be a DM ,but he can’t do that either
    His best position for me is left back,……
    In the changing rooms of anfield !!
    £22m ,get rid and spend it all

  • 26 Taking the Papiss // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Ed – I haven’t commented for a while given the ludicrous amount of negativity that was flying round last year. Hoping to get back into it this year.

    In any event, just a comment to say congrats on your latest health check – great news!

  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Lascelles was in and out of a championship team last season. More so under Pearce, but even after Pearce left he was dropped a few times. He probably isn’t ready, and needs easing in, not just dropping in the deep end. He also needs to be bedded in with experience, someone who can help him learn and develop. Not another player finding their feet in the league.

  • 28 lochinvar // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    West Ham are not forced to make a move for Austin or anyone else for that matter. Who is forcing them ? Poor journalists again.
    They may want to consider their options with Valencia’s injury – but that is not fully evaluated yet so will wait to see to just what his injury is. They have Carroll as back up at some point when fit.. They also have some serious financial pressures.
    If Newcastle had been “forced” to rush out and buy replacements for injured players last season we would have a whole brand new squad by now.
    Did the Mirror Forget that Southampton, Bournemouth, Villa and Accrington Stanley have also been linked with Austin.
    Just pick a team, think of a player, write some fiction, pick up your salary. Hardly work is it ?

  • 29 lesh // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Tacom, TFL,

    I too went the Windows 10 route on Friday – lost all data but had a backup! Reverted to Windows 7!!

    Hey ho, what joy.

  • 30 cyprus // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Dummet should be a decent back up, never in first 11 or even 18, when we are all set. Back 4 picks itself with Colo Mbemba in the middle. Brains brawn.

    Sissoko, Colback and Perez are all tops, they should be in the core 18 who will be regularly played if we want CL. Hope you are reading Steve.

  • 31 hibbit // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    cyprus colo heads not in newcastle long gone

  • 32 KevinLee // Aug 2, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Austin Powers where you go

  • 33 Zangwill_Ho // Aug 2, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Let West Ham signs him, we really do not need him.
    Get out please

  • 34 The overrated Frenchman // Aug 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    To be fair, I expect us to get turned over pretty comfortably by Southampton, for all sorts of reasons. Some of our own making of course, as usual. McClaren’s team selection will tell us something – perhaps a lot even – about what lies ahead, assuming the squad we have now is as good as it is going to get. As they, you make your own luck.

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