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Newcastle May Be Forced To Make Move For Striker

9:06 am, Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 25 Comments

If Newcastle’s plan is to bring in another striker and then get Papiss Cisse off the wage bill by selling him before September, then it’s unlikely to work to wait until the last minute in this transfer window to get Charlie Austin in from QPR for £2M or £3M less than the £15M the London club want for their top striker.

So the report today in the Express may even have some validity in it that Newcastle are lining up alternative strikers, with one of them being Uruguayan International Diego Rolan.

diego rolan

Diego Rolan – Newcastle back-up to Austin

Rolan is younger than Austin and at 22 years old he could be a decent buy for Newcastle, and would come cheaper than Charlie, who turns 27 next month.

The Express is reporting the Bordeaux forward is Newcastle’s back-up option for Austin – so we suppose we are not going back in for 6ft 7ins Dutch striker Bas Dost of Wolfsburg.

QPR begin their season on Saturday at Charlton, so it could start to get dicey if Charlie Austin plays and gets injured, and it would seem like this week would be a very good time to sign Austin.

However, head coach Steve McClaren has said he doesn’t expect any new players in before we kick off the Premier League season at home to Southampton on Sunday.

Is this hold-up really worth the £2M or £3M we would save on Austin?

And if we are going to sell Cisse, then time is running out on that front too.

Money seems to be taking the priority again rather than the football side of things at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

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

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    If we really want a proven PL scorer as Austin we should just pay the money

  • 2 northernracoon // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Just a defender and a winger would do me for now please

  • 3 beermonkey // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    take a chancel

    mama mia really??? lol

    I think abeid’s decision to go was down to carver and co
    not sure how long he has left on his deal but I was hoping he would go out onloan if McLaren wasn’t going to use him
    did well out onloan did well when given the chance when fit
    shame could come back to bite us letting him go

  • 4 toon kk // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    We need pace.

  • 5 Marty-Toon // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Van Dijk is excellent,ok he’s playing in a poorer league but he showed his quality in the CL .
    He scores from headers and can play the ball not just hoof it.

  • 6 Bobbybee // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Good to hear all’s well on the health side Ed. Makes you realise there’s more important things in life than despising Ashley. Long may your recovery continue.

  • 7 Jib // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Try this


    For Windows7
    To restore a deleted file or folder

    Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Computer.
    Navigate to the folder that used to contain the file or folder, right-click it, and then click Restore previous versions.

    Thats amazing I was going to mention Tony Green

  • 8 northernracoon // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:19 AM


    Agree about van dijk…. just makes sense… young..dutch… and plays in scotland so the transition to the sunny skys of the north east wouldnt be any issues 🙂

  • 9 jayphoto // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    I both agree with letting Abeid go and think he’ll prove to be a decent level player. Just too many players infront of him at newcastle. Currently we have Gini, colback, sissoko, de jong, tiote, colback and anita that all play in centre mid. Add perez and cabella who play as number 10, thats an awful lot ahead of him. Similarly its telling that despite looking ok in the premier league not many teams have come in for him

  • 10 LewSpi v2.0 // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I’m sure what mcclaren said was “at Southampton I expect to start with what I’ve got now”, subtle difference but it doesn’t exactly mean no one will come in this week.

    If a player came in on Thursday or Friday I wouldn’t expect him to start.

  • 11 LewSpi v2.0 // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Anyone is welcome to come join me in optimism valley by the way, it’s cloudy right now but I’m sure it’ll be brightening up later on today

  • 12 Jib // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Panthanaikos would have taken him back on a transfer , but he was attracted to being part of Fortuna’s long term plans to get back into the top flight.

  • 13 Bobbybee // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I seriously wonder if we ever were in for Austin. I know we’ve been linked with him in virtually every media outlet on the planet, but Macca said we’ve not had any contact with QPR and vice-versa. That’s despite the offers we’ve allegedly made according to the press. £15m is too much for a man who can walk next season and buying him at that price is hardly the best pound for pound transfer Ashley told Chumlee to go for. I think Mitrovic has been a much better deal. He’s been rated as one of the top ten best young players on the planet – one of only two in the PL. (Memphis Depay at Manure the
    other one). Given young Perez’s progression last season, it would be a shame to see that halted by pushing him further down the pecking order. Just a thought.

  • 14 jayphoto // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Don’t think the club are done by a long shot! Expect to see 4/5 leave! Cisse, Sissoko, Williamson, abeid, vuckic maybe elliot!
    Expect them to get 20m for sissoko + cisse.
    Coming in i’ve got a Feeling we’ll see 3 more! A striker, a centreback and a winger.
    My guess would be Matip and Thauvin. Not sure about the striker, don’t think it’ll be Austin! Reckon the club will probably outlay a further 35m with 25m coming back in sales. They need to buy this window, they know the prices will rise from here on

  • 15 beermonkey // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM


    I would have like to have seen him go out onloan to the championship then a decision made on him


    there are lots that are optimistic I think there is a lot of frustration over how the window is panning out
    we have bought well, but need more but there is still 3 weeks to go till the end of the window

  • 16 jayphoto // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    @jib – don’t know much about Frankfurts project tbh. In germany the most interesting in Liepzig for me! Give it 10 years and they’ll be a permanent champions league fixture!

  • 17 jayphoto // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    @beermonkey – yeah a loan would have benefited the club. Think the player needed a permanent move though. Not entirely sure Abeid has been that fairly treated in his time at Nufc!
    Oddly, when we signed him it was huge news in France! He was highly thought of at Lens, had a killer reserve season when he was very young. French press at the time classed him as a big prospect for their national team and were concerned that big bad newcastle would ruin his development….

  • 18 Bobbybee // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Lewspi, I spend most of my life in that place – glass half full always. I’m not worried about the forthcoming season, I can’t see us struggling again like last season. Gini, Mitro, Mbembe, De Jong and Aarons are all a big upgrade on last seasons debacle. Would love to see another CB brought in, but there’s still time yet, or January if we have injury issues. The new style of football is also pleasing on the eye and with our new coaching set up the future looks a lot brighter than last season. 8:)

  • 19 Bobbybee // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Jib! It didn’t work matey! 🙂

  • 20 lochinvar // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Rolan is not an alternative to Austin.
    Rolan is Cisse’s replacement – he’s the younger model and plays in the same way and knows the offside rule ( even the new version for this season – did you know that ? )
    Cisse sold to play in the sun as his pension pay off.
    Rolan arrives at less cost than we get for Cisse from Quatar or Russia and everyones a winner.
    The extra cash we generate can go towards Austin or that elusive CB Van Dijk or the missing winger or the surprise marque signing David Beckham back from the USA . Ha !

  • 21 Dublin Toon Army // Aug 4, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Who can tell me the last proven premier league player we bought? Iv got Kevin Nolan and before that probably Alan Smith. Seems like an awful long time ago. We should be taking the relegated teams best players for a guaranteed strengthening of the squad. These overseas players can turn out good but let’s face it, your lucky to get 2 good out of 10 that can’t adapt to the English league

  • 22 GS // Aug 4, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Ed: Austin was born July 5, 1989. He turned 26 last month.

  • 23 GS // Aug 4, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Ed: Bas Dost is 1.96 metres which is 6-4 and a bit.

  • 24 mkhalaf // Aug 4, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    We dont need austin or another striker.

    Steve has been known to playwith one striker,, so getting austin for 15 mil would mean that either him or mitro will be benched,, and it would be just dumb to bench a newly signed 15mil player…. cisse on the other hand is a proven scorer in the premier league even last season 11 goals in 22,, and in my opinion he is much better than rolan and some of the strikers we have been linked with.

    Having him as a backup for Mitro is great,, I don’t know why everyone wants him out,, and replaced,,, we need another CB and thats it! at least till january..

    lets get another CB and wait and see how the squad performs till january

  • 25 blacksmith // Aug 4, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    mkhalaf @ 24

    My sentiments exactly. Why sell Papiss when he is just hotting up again to buy an unknown Rolan who will likely take time to adapt.

    We have Mitro who will probably start but will need time to bed in.
    We have Papiss who has done well at scoring off the bench last season.
    We have Ayoze who was sensational last season and is versatile so can slot in behind the striker.
    We also have Riviere who was shocking at times last season but can only be better.
    De Jong can play a bit up front as well or score goals from midfield.

    Austin would have been nice but we need to have faith in the current personnel and re-evaluate in January.

    It’s important to remember that last season we went without DeJong and Aarons, 2 players. We have added a playmaker in Wijnaldum. Cabella (the biggest disappointment last season) will probably be more effective.

    If everybody can stay fit and push on from last season, we will improve drastically.

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